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Mason City Man Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

March 9, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

Michael Goodale, age 30, from Mason City, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse, two counts of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of accessing child pornography. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on March 7, 2012, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, between 2008 and 2010, Goodale knowingly crossed a state line with the intent to engage in sexual acts with two minors who were under age 12. The Indictment also alleges that, between 2008 and 2011, Goodale knowingly transported the two minors across a state line with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. In addition, the Indictment alleges that, in 2011, Goodale knowingly accessed with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted on all charges, Goodale faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, $1,250,000 in fines, $500 in special assessments, and at least 5 years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Goodale appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Goodale’s next appearance for a detention hearing is set for March 13, 2012.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mason City Police Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-3011.



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