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.