DAVENPORT – The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sentenced a Clinton man Tuesday to 130 months in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.
Michael J. Melloy, senior United States circuit judge, sentenced Ryan Mitchell Budde, 34, to 130 months in prison and ordered him to serve six years supervised release following his imprisonment, United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum said in a press release Wednesday.
The judge ordered Budde to pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund, to pay $5,000 in restitution and to comply with the sex offender registry requirements upon release.
On July 9, 2019, Budde pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography, Krickbaum said. Law enforcement officers received a tip in 2017 from a social media company regarding 27 files containing child pornography which had been uploaded to its site.
Officers seized and examined two cellular phones and two laptops belonging to Budde and identified 365 images recovered from the devices as child pornography. Investigators also found that Budde had chat sessions with young boys, pretending to be a 15 year-old virgin.
The Clinton County Police Department and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children investigated, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Krickbaum said.