DES MOINES — A Bloomfield man faces spending the rest of his life in federal custody after being sentenced to 120 years in prison for sexual abuse.
Steven Crook, Jr., received 360-month sentences for each of four counts of sexual abuse of a child, for a total of 1,440 months. The sentence for each count will be served consecutively.
Crook originally faced a 28-count federal indictment after federal investigators followed up on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip involved a video showing an adult, identified as Crook, having sex with a child.
A search of Crook’s home found multiple electronic devices, including cell phones and SD cards, which contained child pornography. Some videos had been deleted, but were recovered by investigators.
The federal charges took the place of a case brought in Iowa courts. The state charges were dropped once the federal case was filed.
The case did not go to trial. Crook reached a plea agreement, though his defense had filed papers suggesting it planned to claim diminished capacity if the case went before jurors.
A state case related to Crook’s prosecution does remain active. Kendra Hoover is charged with seven counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and seven counts of child endangerment. Prosecutors said Hoover repeatedly left the victim with Crook, even after having found at least one of the videos of him having sex with the child.