Ottumwa Man Accused Of Sexual Exploitation


An Ottumwa resident is facing sexual exploitation charges after an investigation stemming from an online tip.

According to Jason Bell of the Ottumwa Police Department, in March of 2021, information about a sexual exploitation case occurring in the department’s jurisdiction was received from the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC had in turn received the information from a tip submitted through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, April 15, 2021 Ottumwa Police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Hill Ave. On April 26, 2021, the Ottumwa Police Department arrested 21 year old Juan Sales-Barriga. Sales-Barriga was charged with 76 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (all Aggravated Misdemeanors) and 1 count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor – Promoting Film (Class D Felony). Sales-Barriga was released from jail after posting bond.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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