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SIBLEY, Iowa -- A 39-year-old Sibley man has been charged with three counts of production, receipt and possession of child pornography.

The charges were filed federally last month in the Northern District of Iowa against Michael Mayer, but an order sealing the indictment until Mayer's arrest was filed Sept. 16. On Tuesday, an order was filed unsealing the indictment and scheduling an arraignment.

Mayer pleaded not guilty, and was released with conditions the following day.

The indictment states Mayer allegedly used, persuaded, induced and enticed, and attempted to use, persuade, induce and entice a minor under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.

"...causing said visual depictions to be produced using materials, namely an LG cell phone, that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce...," Count 1 of the indictment states.

In Count 2, Mayer is accused of knowingly receiving and attempting to receive child pornography. Count 3 states Mayer knowingly possessed and attempted to possess pornography that had been produced using a Hitachi hard drive and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

Mayer's conditions of release include electronic monitoring, no cell phone use and no computer in his room. He is not allowed to possess pornography or erotica or go anywhere that pornography can be obtained or viewed.

His trial is currently set for early December, and he faces a possible sentence of 5 to 30 years imprisonment

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. It was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Osceola and Sioux County Sheriff's Departments.