COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - On August 11, 2017, Shawn Sidney Beu, 38, from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 240 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel.
Beu pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on April 4, 2017. The guilty plea resulted from an investigation that began with a tip received by the Department of Homeland Security from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a cloud storage facility used by Beu contained child pornography. A search warrant served on Beu’s residence located numerous computer devices that contained images of child pornography; some of these images were determined to have been created by Beu in his residence. In addition to federal charges, Beu was convicted in Pottawattamie County District Court of several counts of sexual exploitation of a minor as a result of this investigation.
The Council Bluffs Police Department and Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
Learn more about this release by calling Rachel J. Scherle at 515-473-9300, or by emailing her at Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Southern District of Iowa