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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 9, 2015

Monticello Man Charged With Attempted Enticement Of A Minor

Colton Rickels, age 19, of Monticello, Iowa, has been charged with one count of attempted enticement of a minor.  The charge is contained in an Indictment filed on March 4, 2015, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, in October 2014, Rickels attempted to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor female to engage in criminal sexual activity.

If convicted, Rickels faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Rickels appeared for a detention hearing today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond.  Rickels’ next appearance for trial is set for May 4, 2015.

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 Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Monticello Police Department, and the Cedar Rapids 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 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is CR 15-20.

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Updated March 9, 2015