Local man appeals sentence on distribution of child pornography


A former Marshalltown Community School District educator who was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison last month for distributing child pornography has filed an appeal to the sentence.

Court documents from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals show Glen Arlan Sedlacek, 68, filed the appeal through his attorney, Chad Frese of Marshalltown. Sedlacek pleaded guilty to the charge in October last year in proceedings at the federal courthouse in Des Moines in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other criminal counts.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose also ordered Sedlacek make restitution of $6,000 and $3,000 to two girls who appeared in pornographic films viewed by Sedlacek in his Marshalltown home. Rose said the two victims asked for restitution.

The judge also ordered $5,000 in restitution to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a five-year term of supervised release with numerous conditions, a $100 special assessment, registry as a sex offender and eligibility to participate in the 500-hour Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program.

Rose had ordered the defendant be placed at the federal prison in Rochester, Minn., or if not available, close to Marshalltown.

Sedlacek, a former middle school music instructor who retired from Marshalltown Schools in 2010, was arrested Jan. 11, 2018 by federal agents for possession and distribution of child pornography. That was proceeded by a search of Sedlacek’s home by federal agents May 9, 2017.

Special Agent Aaron Simon, a Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity expert, testified Sedlacek had 74,000 files of child pornography and 1,728 videos.

Frese asked Rose to impose a minimum five-year prison sentence and treatment for his client. However, Rose said giving Sedlacek the minimum would be unfair to the victims.

Rose acknowledged Sedlacek had led a model life — not even getting a traffic ticket — until he entered the world of child pornography.

“I am sorry for what I did,” Sedlacek said in remarks to the court. “I harmed myself, my wife and the victims.”

Sedlacek was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals immediately after court was adjourned.


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