Davenport Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison for Production and Receipt of Child Pornography

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DAVENPORT, IOWA – A Davenport man was sentenced on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 210 months in federal prison for production and receipt of child pornography.

According to court documents, Keith Allen Shrum, age 32, admitted he sexually abused a child, produced child pornography related to that sexual abuse, and received child pornography over the internet. Shrum came to the attention of law enforcement after sexual text messages between Shrum and the minor victim were discovered. Shrum initially denied inappropriate contact with the child, but eventually admitted to law enforcement the sexual contact had been going on for approximately one year. During the execution of search warrants, Shrum was found in possession of thousands of images of child pornography dating back to 2016. Following Shrum’s prison sentence he will be required to serve a ten-year term of supervised release and register as a sex offender.

Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department.

This matter was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Childhood” initiative, which was started in 2006 as a nation-wide effort to combine law enforcement investigations and prosecutions, community action, and public awareness in order to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. Any persons having knowledge of a child being sexually abused are encouraged to call the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821.

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