Child pornography recovered from North Liberty man's home

Man said he took MP3 player containing porn with him to work

Trish Mehaffey
Published: July 27 2011 | 5:20 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 3:46 pm in

CEDAR RAPIDS – Marion and North Liberty police officers recovered computer images, videos and printed images of child erotica and child pornography during a search of a North Liberty man’s apartment who was indicted last week in federal court.

Edwin Hadley Donnan, 45, charged with two counts of receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography, pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. Chief Magistrate Thomas Shields also ordered his detainment pending his trial set Oct. 3.

As a result of the initial investigation and search conducted in 2009 by Marion and North Liberty police, the government accepted the case for prosecution, according to the search warrant affidavit filed Wednesday in Linn County District Court.

Donnan fully cooperated with law enforcement during the search and admitted to possessing child pornography, according to the warrant. He told officers there were numerous images and videos of child pornography on his computer and external hard drives. He also said there were numerous printed images of child erotica and child pornography in a box in a back bedroom.

Donnan said he had distributed child pornography by posting it to social websites, one called “G BOYS,” which generated the cyber tip police received to investigate, according to the warrant. He also said he traded photos with others that he met while chatting in various pornographic and other websites.

Officers said Donnan also maintained numerous printed stories concerning the sexual abuse of children and burned several CDs and downloaded child porn to his MP3 player, according to the warrant. Donnan said he carried the player in his lunch cooler to work at ACT in Iowa City.

Donnan denied having sexual contact with a child, saying he used the images to “control his urges,” according to the warrant.

Donnan agreed to talk to North Liberty Police officers after the search and provided further detailed information concerning his obsession with child pornography, according to the warrant.

Donnan was arrested last week after the indictment was returned and he told officers he continued to use his new laptop to search and download child pornography, according to the warrant. He also admitted to live streaming video of himself to minor children.

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