Mount Pleasant Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Pornography Charges

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – Victor Alberto Elias Rodriguez, age 40, of Mount Pleasant, was sentenced Wednesday, June 1, 2022, to 342 months in prison for Production of Child Pornography. Elias Rodriguez was also ordered to serve ten years of supervised release following his imprisonment and was assessed a $100 Special Assessment immediately payable to the Crime Victims Fund.

According to court documents, officers initiated an investigation into Elias Rodriguez after receiving information regarding his possible sexual abuse of a minor female. The investigation revealed that Elias Rodriguez had been sexually assaulting the minor victim from the age of five, up to this incident when the victim was seventeen years old. In addition, Elias Rodriguez took a video of the sexual assault with his cell phone. On January 21, 2022, Elias Rodriguez pleaded guilty to the one-count Indictment.

U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations.

This case 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.