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Soldier to be held until sentencing on child pornography charge

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 11:32 a.m. CST

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a Sioux City man to be taken into custody after his conviction for possession of child pornography.

A judge had allowed Scott Krantz to remain free on bond until sentencing citing his military record including three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prosecutors say military service doesn’t meet the legal requirement for release which is granted only for exceptional reasons.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals says Krantz’s service earned him “our country’s gratitude” but it doesn’t excuse him from being held for the crime committed. A court order filed Tuesday requires him to report to the U.S. Marshal’s office in Sioux City on Wednesday.

Krantz pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after federal agents found images on a flash drive and DVDs.