Farnhamville Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

A Farnhamville man was recently sentenced to over five years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Evidence presented at the hearing in Sioux City Federal Court showed that between April of 2021 and January of 2022, 36-year-old Marcus Urelius used an internet-based peer-to-peer network known as “Freenet” to knowingly receive visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In addition to the prison sentence, Urelius was also fined a total of 20-thousand dollars, and was ordered to pay 95-hundred dollars in court costs. He was also ordered to pay three-thousand dollars in restitution to the victims. Urelius must also serve a five-year term of supervised release following the prison term.

The case was brought as part of “Project Safe Childhood”, which is a nationwide initiative launched 17 years ago by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.