Frederiksen reaches plea deal on federal child porn charges

02/23/2006 10:41:24 AM
2006-02-23T00:00:00Z Frederiksen reaches plea deal on federal child porn charges Sioux City Journal
February 23, 2006 12:00 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say Casey Frederiksen is expected to plead guilty Thursday to three child pornography charges as part of a plea agreement made public Wednesday.

Frederiksen, 26, of Charles City, is expected to plead guilty to two counts of possessing or attempting to possess child pornography and one count receiving or attempting to receive child pornography, according to a plea deal filed in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors say Frederiksen downloaded about 600 images of minors engaged in sexual conduct from the Internet between July 2003 through July 2005.

Sentencing will be determined later by the judge, but the agreement suggests Frederiksen could face five to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors say the sentencing guidelines should be toughened because of the significant number and content of the images and Frederiksen's 1992 sex assault conviction involving a minor.

But they also say the judge should consider factors such as Frederiksen accepting responsibility and his willingness to enter a plea agreement when a sentence is imposed.

Frederiksen was indicted on 14 child pornography counts last fall and has been in custody since his arrest. He was scheduled to go on trial April 3 in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Before his arrest, Frederiksen was the live-in fiance of Noel Miller, whose 5-year-old daughter, Evelyn, disappeared from her Floyd apartment last July. The girl's body was found in the Cedar River and the case remains unsolved.

Police said they discovered the illegal images on Frederiksen's computer early in the investigation into the girl's disappearance.

AP-CS-02-23-06 0126EST

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