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Camanche man charged with possession of child pornography

May 16 – A Camanche man has been charged with 10 counts of purchasing or possessing the image of a minor during a sex act, following a law enforcement investigation into Mediacom Inc. cybertips.

Eldon Don Drury, 69, is charged in Clinton County District Court with eight charges classified as aggravated felonies and two charges each classified as Class D felonies.

Under the Iowa Code, each of the Class D felonies is punishable by incarceration for a period of up to five years and a fine of not less than $1,025 but not more than $10,245.

According to documents filed Tuesday in Clinton County District Court, authorities were notified last September that two cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had been assigned for further investigation.

The cyber tips revealed that on or around May 5, 2023 and May 7, 2023, suspicious images containing child pornography were uploaded using the electronic services provider Microsoft Bing Images. Microsoft recorded the IP address from which the image was uploaded, which was registered with Internet service provider Mediacom Inc.

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A county attorney’s subpoena was issued to Mediacom Inc to identify the customer assigned the IP address in the two cybertips. The police subsequently applied for and obtained a search warrant for the address of the Camanche residence, executed on September 15, 2023.

Drury and his wife were present in the home at the time of the execution of the search warrant.

Court documents show that Drury admitted during an interview that over the past two years he sought and stored “hundreds” of child pornography files using a file-sharing program on computers used exclusively by him in his home. Drury also stated that he moved the files to external hard drives.

Numerous electronic devices were seized from the home, including a Dell XPS computer and an external hard drive with a capacity of one terabyte. Forensic investigation conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the location of the file sharing software on the Dell XPS computer. A total of 1,743 images and 17 videos were reported, taken between August 8, 2020 and September 3, 2023.

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According to court documents, each of the charges against Drury was filed for each child depicted between those dates.

An arrest warrant for Drury was issued Wednesday by Seventh Judicial District Judge Kimberly Shepherd. Drury was taken into custody that same day and held on a $50,000 bond until it was posted Thursday and he was released.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24 in Clinton County.

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