Two Cedar Rapids men are facing charges of child pornography.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 20-year-old Jason Smith was indicted on federal child pornography charges and 47-year-old Brian Lynch was convicted of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
Police say from 2011 and 2013, Smith allegedly distributed, received, and possessed child pornography. He appeared in federal court on July 31, 2013 for a detention hearing and was held without bond. His next trial date is set for September 23, 2013.
According to police, Lynch admitted that between March 2010 and March 2013, he downloaded child pornography. Police said Lynch also admitted to possessing child pornography between November 2004 and April 2013.
Lynch’s sentencing is pending.
Both cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The project is a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. It was launched in May of 2006 by the Department of Justice.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness to protect children.