DES MOINES — A federal appeals court has denied an appeal by an Iowa man convicted of possession of child pornography, concluding Thursday that his constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure were not violated by Internet service provider AOL Inc.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's ruling in the case against Jeremy Robert Stevenson, who was arrested after AOL reported to authorities in 2011 that it had detected someone emailing child pornography to a Google email account.

Court documents said AOL has a filtering system that identifies files containing child pornography, and when such files are found, a report is forwarded to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The center reported it to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which found that the accounts sending and receiving the messages belonged to Stevenson.

A search of his home computer revealed 721 images of child pornography. He was indicted on two counts of possession of child pornography in January 2012.

After his motions to suppress the images discovered by AOL were denied, Stevenson entered a conditional guilty plea, preserving his right to appeal the district court's rulings.

He was sentenced in November to 24 months in prison and five years of supervision after his release.

Stevenson, 30, is at a federal prison facility in Oklahoma City, according to Bureau of Prisons records. He is scheduled for release Aug. 23, 2014.

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