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Dallas Center Man gets 17 Years for Pornography

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former Dallas Center man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison on child pornography charges, a sentence enhanced because a judge said the man lied in court.

    Thirty-six-year-old Benjaman Shelabarger must also serve five years of supervised release once he's out of prison.

    Prosecutors said in a statement released Tuesday that Judge James Gritzner found Shelabarger falsely testified during his trial that a relative was responsible for the pornography, which the judge determined was an obstruction of justice. The sentence also was enhanced because Shelabarger had movies and images of very young children being sexually assaulted.

    A jury convicted him in November of illegal possession of child pornography and knowingly receiving child pornography.