Former National Guardsman sentenced to federal prison for child pornography

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A Henry County, Iowa man was sentenced this week to more than eight years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Jason Robert Wessel, 39, a former member of the Iowa National Guard, will serve eight years of supervised release after completing his sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

He pleaded guilty in October in US District Court in Davenport to possession of child pornography.

According to court records, police began investigating Vesely in May 2020 after receiving a cyber tip from a social media platform.

The tip includes descriptions of Vesely having sex with an undercover agent who pretended to be a 14-year-old boy.

Police learned that Vesely belonged to a chat group that shared child pornography among its members, according to court records. Vesely admitted to belonging to a group and viewing and sharing child pornography.

He was eventually discharged from the Iowa National Guard, according to court records.

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