A 74-year-old Eldridge man accused of molesting a child now faces federal child pornography charges.

James Edward Hall, 620 W. Davenport St., is scheduled to appear Friday in U.S. District Court, Davenport, on a federal criminal complaint accusing him of producing pornography involving a 15-year-old male victim.

According to his complaint, Hall requested the juvenile perform a sex act so that Hall could record the incident with a digital camera and then watch it on his desktop computer in an upstairs office bedroom.

Hall is accused of abusing the victim over a two-year period, according to court records.

Hall was arrested a month ago on state charges of sexual abuse involving a minor. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Jan. 10 in Scott County District Court, Davenport, on five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony, and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a class D felony.

Eldridge police officers and a Scott County Sheriff’s detective who is a member of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began a joint investigation after a complaint by a 16-year-old juvenile of on-going inappropriate sexual acts recently taking place against the juvenile.

About 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Eldridge police officers, Scott County Sheriff’s detectives and a Davenport Police Department computer forensic detective who is also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Eldridge.

After the warrant was executed and interviews conducted, Hall was taken into custody. He was taken to the Scott County Jail where he was released on a $52,000 bond.

Hall declined a request for an interview following his release in December.

He currently is in federal custody awaiting his preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Production of child pornography is punishable by at least 15 years in prison and up to a maximum of 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a minimum of five years supervised release up to a maximum term of supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment to be paid to the crime victims assistance fund.

(5) comments

Family man

Send him to meet his maker. He will be judged there. That is the best way to get rid of these perverts.

Always right

Nice work Scott County Sheriff's Office and Eldridge PD for taking this predator off the streets and where he belongs. Prison hopefully.

Trueheart

I don't care what his age is....put him in prison. He'll get all the kicks he wants (and doesn't want). The pathetic pervert! If the judge doesn't put him there, then he is just as bad.

Bobaloo

Again, didn't know this guy personally, although I knew of him and only knew him as a fine arts supporter of the North Scott community.

But boy, you think you know somebody. How sickening, and how sad.

I wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg.

TONYPHERE

Lets see if the Iowa judge can do what the Illinois judge did to the bad man. NO SLAP ON WRIST!

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