Benjaman Shelabarger, 36, formerly of Dallas Center, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Gritzner to 210 months in prison on child pornography charges. He will also serve five years of supervised release following imprisonment.
According to the release by U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt, Shelabarger’s sentance was enhanced, in part, due to falsely testifying during the trial that a relative was responsible instead of the defendant and also due to finding he had movies of young children being sexually assaulted as well as child pornography images.
He was originally charged March 2013 on one count of illegally possessing child pornography and additionally charged with knowingly receiving child pornography when the indictment was superseded October 2013. A jury unanimously convicted Shelabarger on both counts Nov. 6, 2013.
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, a division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crime Unit, and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district of Iowa.