Two eastern Iowa men will serve time in federal prison in separate sex offender cases. Forty-nine-year-old Victor Chapel of Sumner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.
Court records show Chapel moved from Massachusetts to Minnesota and then to Iowa between 2012 and 2014 and did not register as a sex offender in Minnesota or Iowa. Chapel was required to register because of his 2002 Massachusetts convictions for rape and abuse of a child under 16 and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
In the other case, 23-year old Brady Verlo of West Branch was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he pled guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography. Verlo admitted that, between June 2013 and December 2013, he distributed child porn, and also admitted that he possessed over 20,000 images and 900 videos of child pornography.
Both men were prosecuted under the Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.