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Retired state trooper pleads guilty to child porn charge

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GARNER | A retired Iowa state trooper living in Garner has pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.

David H. Hubbard, 66, admitted in a written guilty plea filed last week in Hancock County District Court that he knowingly possessed a video of a minor engaging in a prohibited sexual act.

He will be sentenced Dec. 1.

The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor as it is Hubbard's first offense. He faces a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.

The defense is requesting a deferred judgment, with the state to make its recommendation later.

Court documents allege Hubbard purchased or possessed a depiction of a minor in a sex act on or around Nov. 14, 2013.

He was initially charged with three aggravated misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Two of the counts are to be dismissed through a plea agreement.

Investigators say Hubbard had two photographs and one video, each of which involved a minor.

Hancock County Attorney David Solheim said some of the images were of children that law enforcement was able to identify, but he had no comment on whether Hubbard knew the children.

Hubbard entered a written plea of guilty in August but withdrew it in September. The case was to go to trial Dec. 2.

Hubbard retired from the Iowa State Patrol in 2004 after nearly 30 years with the department.

 

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