Brock federal trial set for January
A Newton man facing state and federal child pornography charges will be in Jasper County District Court Monday, Nov. 4, and in federal court in January.
James Brock, 72, will be in court 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 as his attorney attempts to suppress evidence collected by Newton police officers during a search of his home at the time of his arrest in July. His attorney alleges the photographs presented to police, which led to the search warrant, were the result of an unlawful entry into his home.
During their search, officers found and took into evidence several video cameras, video monitors, VCRs, DVD players and computers. They also discovered more than 1,000 VHS and DVD recordings of nude minor girls.
At the time, Brock was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of invasion of privacy. In August, nearly two months after his arrest, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child in the production of child pornography and a count of possession of child pornography.
Originally, Brock was to stand trial on the federal charges beginning next Monday, Oct. 28. A continuance, requested by Brock’s federal public defender, was granted and trial has been reset to begin Jan. 14 at the Federal Building in Des Moines.
Federal prosecutors have asked that if Brock is convicted of any of the four counts, he be forced to surrender his home and any personal property used in the commission of the alleged offenses. They also filed a lis pendens motion in Jasper County District Court to ensure neither Brock nor his family members can dispose of said property.
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