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United States v. Stong

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

December 10, 2014

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Benton Stong, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted October 10, 2014

Page 921

Appeal from United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Waterloo.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Mark Tremmel, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA.

For Benton Stong, Defendant - Appellant: Anne M. Laverty, MULLIN & LAVERTY, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Benton Stong, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Tucson, AZ.

Before MURPHY, SMITH, and GRUENDER, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

Page 922

GRUENDER, Circuit Judge.

After law enforcement officers found images and videos containing child pornography in his apartment, Benton Stong was convicted on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of possession of child pornography. The district court[1] sentenced Stong to 1,320 months, or 110 years, in prison. Stong appeals his

Page 923

convictions and sentence. For the reasons described below, we affirm.

I. Background

During the summer of 2012, four boys--ages ten, eleven, eleven, and twelve--visited and occasionally stayed with Stong at an apartment where he lived by himself. After meeting with a parent of each of the boys, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Stong's apartment. The officers seized two computers and a camera with a memory card from Stong's living room, on which a forensic officer found pornographic images and videos of the four boys. One of the videos showed two of the boys engaging in anal intercourse; another showed two of the boys performing mutual fellatio. The officer also found pornographic images of unidentified ...


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