BOONE, Iowa—A Boone County jury found Jason Ray Ball, 28, Iowa Falls, guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in violation of Iowa Code section 728.12(3). This is Jason Ball’s second offense of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. His first offense occurred on December 4, 2012 in Hardin County.
The jury trial began on August 12, 2014. During the trial witnesses testified that on July 20, 2012, employees at United Community School located a cellular phone in the school’s parking lot. The employees looked inside the phone trying to locate the owner. Instead they discovered photos in the phone of minors engaged in sex acts. The employees immediately called the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and determined the phone belonged to Jason Ray Ball, age 28, from Iowa Falls. It was later found out the owner of the phone, Jason Ball, was at the school working for an independent contractor as a roofer on the school’s buildings. An investigator with the Sheriff’s Office was able to capture all the images on the phone. He testified that the phone included 38 images of child pornography and 18 images of the defendant’s self pictures. A local Doctor testified that the images that included the children engaged in sex acts were indeed under the age of 18 with some under the age of 5 years.
The jury returned a guilty verdict on August 13, 2014, finding Jason Ball guilty of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, which is a Class D felony, because this is a second offense. Boone County Attorney, Daniel Kolacia, tried the case on behalf of the State of Iowa for the prosecution. Jason Ball was defended by a local defense attorney. The sentencing hearing will be held sometime in September. The maximum penalty for Felony Sexual Exploitation of a Minor is up to five years in State Prison.
Daniel Kolacia with the Boone County Attorney’s Office said, “I am pleased with the jury’s verdict and I want to thank the jury for their service. I am glad to see that justice was served. The Boone County Attorney’s Office will continuously strive to hold defendant’s accountable and to protect the public.”
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