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Nora Springs Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison for Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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

A man who sexually exploited two children and possessed child pornography was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison.

Aaron Olson, age 36, of Nora Springs, Iowa, received the sentence after a December 6, 2019 guilty plea to two counts of possession of child pornography, including depictions involving prepubescent children.  In a plea agreement, Olson agreed to be sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment.  Evidence at the sentencing hearing established that Olson produced child pornography images of two children.

Olson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Olson was sentenced to 480 months’ imprisonment.  Olson must also serve a five-year term of supervised release.  He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was 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 July 20, 2020

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