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Nora Springs Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography

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

A man who possessed child pornography pled guilty on December 6, 2019, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Aaron Olson, age 36, from Nora Springs, Iowa, was convicted of two counts of possession of child pornography, including depictions of prepubescent children.  At the plea hearing, Olson admitted that, between 2017 and 2019, he knowingly possessed child pornography on a computer and a memory card. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Olson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Olson faces a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $10,200 in special assessments, and supervised release for 5 years to life following any imprisonment.  In a plea agreement, Olson agreed to be sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was 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 December 9, 2019

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