Spencer Man Sentenced on Federal Child Porn Charge

A Spencer man has been sentenced to a little more than four years in federal prison on a charge of possession of child pornography.

42-year-old Leighton Jones pleaded guilty to the charge in August, 2023 and was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

Evidence showed that between January 1st, 2012 and December 7th, 2017, Jones possessed over 1,500 images of child pornography that was copied across six different electronic devices. He admitted to law enforcement that he had downloaded the material in about 2012.

In addition to the prison term, Jones was also ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution to several victims and must also serve a five-year term of supervised release following the prison term.

Jones is being held in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Spencer Police Department.

(thanks to Community First Broadcasting station KUOO in Spirit Lake)

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