Sioux Center Man Sentenced For Trespass And Child Pornography

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man has been sentenced to a suspended prison term for trespassing and child pornography.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle tells us that 40-year-old Peter Jason VanKley of Sioux Center has been sentenced in Sioux County District Associate Court for the crimes of Trespassing – Intentionally Viewing Another and Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor – Possession of a Minor In Sex Act.

He tells us that on September 3, 2021, police received a report of a suspicious man peeking into a residence’s bathroom window. Officers fielded multiple similar complaints throughout September of 2021. A residential security camera was installed, capturing VanKley peering into a residence on September 26, leading to his arrest for trespassing. Further investigation led to police executing a search warrant on VanKley’s cell phone. The phone contained a video depicting a prepubescent minor engaging in a sexual act; so Sexual Exploitation charges were filed in July of 2023.

VanKley pleaded guilty to both crimes. The Court sentenced VanKley to a prison sentence not to exceed two years, which was suspended, while VanKley was ordered to complete probation with the Department of Corrections. He was further ordered to serve 30 days in jail, complete a psychosexual evaluation — successfully completing any recommendations — register as a sex offender for 10 years, pay criminal fines, and submit his DNA to the State. After VanKley’s probation, he was further ordered to complete a special sentence of parole for 10 years.