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Federal Appeals Court upholds James Bentley's child porn convictions

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CEDAR RAPIDS (US ATTORNEY RELEASE) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that James Bentley's convictions for producing, transporting, and possessing child pornography have been upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

On June 12, 2007, Bentley was sentenced to a total of 100 years' imprisonment following his March 1, 2007, jury convictions. Evidence at trial showed that in the fall of 2003, Bentley took pornographic photographs of a nine-year-old girl and her 13-month-old sister. The pictures showed both children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In the spring of 2004, Bentley took these photographs with him when he moved from Iowa to Arkansas. The prosecution, however, was unable to show the jury the pictures because they were last seen in Bentley's possession and were never recovered. Three people saw the
pictures and testified to their content.

Two of Bentley's previous victims testified at trial about sexual abuse by Bentley. One victim, a 21-year-old woman, testified Bentley repeatedly sexually abused her when she was 12 years old. Another victim, a 15-year-old girl, testified she was repeatedly sexually abused by Bentley when she was between 3 and 6 years old.


On September 5, 2007, Bentley appealed his convictions raising three issues: the limitation of cross-examination of some government witnesses, claimed prosecutorial misconduct, and the admission of testimony of the two other victims of sexual abuse by Bentley. The Court of Appeals today rejected all those claims.

 

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