City employee arrested on federal child porn charge

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Jeff Roads, a Marshalltown Public Works employee, has been arrested with a federal charge of transportation of child pornography, according to United States District Court information.

He is set for a detention and preliminary hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse in Des Moines at 3:30 p.m. Monday, court records show.

Roads was arrested based on a criminal complaint, not on an indictment, according to court records. He had his initial appearance in federal court on Jan. 11 at the U.S. District Courthouse, 123 E. Walnut St., Des Moines.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court on Jan. 10. According to court records, Roads is being represented by Kaplan, Frese and Nine LLP.

Roads’ role with the city has been as street superintendent.

“Right now, there really is not a lot that we know,” said City Administrator Jessica Kinser. “As of today (Monday), he (Roads) is still a city employee, and that will be something that we’ll be looking into here as we start to learn more.”

She said city officials are consulting their legal team about next steps regarding Roads.

“The thing that I think everybody tries to keep in mind is an arrest and being charged is not a conviction,” Kinser said.

She said the city officials had been aware of Roads’ arrest but until Monday were not aware of what he had been arrested for.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. See the story about Monday’s hearing here.

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. with the city’s comments.