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March 18, 2014

Centerville man guilty of sexual exploitation of a minor

A 43-year-old Centerville man is on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry after admitting to possessing images depicting minors engaged in sexual acts.

Brian Lee Mongar made that admission on Sept. 9, 2013 when he filed seven petitions to plead guilty to seven of the 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor that were filed by Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott on June 23, 2011. Scott charged Mongar with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated misdemeanors, all with an offense date of May 10, 2011, accusing Mongar of possessing pictures and videos showing minor children engaged in sex acts.

Mongar was sentenced in the Appanoose County Courthouse on Feb. 14 by Judge Rose Anne Mefford to two years in state prison and a suspended fine on the charge of one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. In addition to the two year sentence — to which Mongar is to begin under supervision as if on parole — the judge ordered Mongar to a 10 year special sentence with the Director of Iowa Adult Corrections to start upon completion of the two year sentence already imposed.

Mongar was ordered to successfully complete the sex offender treatment program and mandatorily required to be registered for 10 years as a sex offender on Iowa’s sex offender registry.

The criminal complaint affidavit filed May 11, 2011 by the Centerville Police Department alleges Mongar on May 10, 2011 at approximately 9:56 a.m. at his residence in Centerville possessed in a computer more than 2,000 images and videos showing minor children engaged in sex acts. The evidence was discovered during a search warrant of Mongar’s residence. Mongar, according to the complaint, went on to admit to the charge of possessing more than 2,000 images of children from ages 5 up to junior high school age engaged in sex acts.

Items seized at Mongar’s residence during a search warrant included computers, video, still images, printed material and other items of evidence.

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