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Nora Springs Man Charged with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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

Aaron Olson, age 35, of Nora Springs, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 9, 2019, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, between 2017 and 2018, Olson used two minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions.

If convicted, Olson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 60 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Olson appeared on May 9, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Olson’s next appearance for trial is set for July 8, 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 the Nora Springs 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  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 19-2029. 

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Updated May 16, 2019

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