BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DAVENPORT – A Fort Madison man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a United States District judge on child pornography charges.
George Freeman Cary, 57, of Fort Madison was given 360 months in prison and then a 20-year supervised probation, and ordered to pay a $100 fine to the Crime Victims’ Fund.
According to a release Wednesday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Iowa, Cary was convicted of distributing child pornography on the Kik messaging application.
Cary has previous convictions for indecent contact with a child, lascivious acts with a child, and 3rd degree sexual abuse.
He also had two prior convictions for failing to comply with the sex offender registry.
Investigation into the case was Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District if Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which started in 2006 as a nationwide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of child exploitation of children.
Those with information of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse hotline at 1-800-284-7821