CHEROKEE -- A Cherokee man has been charged with transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography.
Lucian Siepka, 56, has been charged with one count of transportation of child pornography, two counts of receipt of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography.
The charges are contained in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in United States District Court in Sioux City.
The indictment alleges that between March 2008 and September 2009, Siepka knowingly transported, received and possessed depictions of child pornography.
If convicted on all charges, Siepka faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 90 years in prison, a $250,000 fine on each count, $600 in special assessments and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.
Siepka appeared Wednesday in federal court in Sioux City and was released on bond. Siepka's next appearance for trial is set for March 1.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.