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Minnesota Man Charged with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Terrance Nordwall, age 50, of Faribault, Minnesota, has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of children, attempted enticement of minors, and travel for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on June 19, 2019, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.  

The Indictment alleges that, between March 2019 and April 2019, Nordwall attempted to solicit and entice two persons he believed to be under 18 to engage in commercial sex acts and acts constituting sexual abuse under Iowa law.  The Indictment also alleges that, in April 2019, Nordwall traveled across a state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.  The Indictment also alleges that, in two different counties in Minnesota in 2004, Nordwall was convicted of three counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of possession of pornographic work involving minors.

If convicted, Nordwall faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment. 

Nordwall appeared on June 25, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Nordwall’s next appearance for trial is set for August 26, 2019. 

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 is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations. 

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 the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.” 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 19-57. 

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Updated June 27, 2019

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