Storm Lake man found guilty of 22 counts of sexual exploitation
STORM LAKE, Iowa -- A Storm Lake man has been found guilty of possessing numerous videos of children engaged in sexual activity.
District Associate Judge Andrew Smith filed his verdict Tuesday, finding Noe Casco, 59, guilty of 22 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all aggravated misdemeanors. Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 26 in Buena Vista County District Court.
Storm Lake police searched Casco’s home in the 700 block of Hudson Street on Jan. 19 in response to a call that Casco had allowed a 3-year-old child to view pornographic material at the home. Police seized electronic devices and media, including a flash drive on which images of at least 22 unidentified children under age 18, and some as young as 8, engaged in sexual activity had been downloaded.
Casco argued during his Sept. 20 trial before Smith that the flash drive was not his and he did not know it was in the house.
Smith said in his verdict that prosecutors presented evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the drive was found in Casco’s work desk, there was no reasonable alternate explanation for it being there and the file names and content of the flash drive made it clear that it contained pornographic videos.