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Waterloo Man Charged with Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

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

Forrest Rindels, age 60, of Waterloo, Iowa, has been charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on February 8, 2016, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, between 2001 and 2015, Rindels received child pornography and possessed it on a computer and two external storage devices.

If convicted, Rindels faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of eighty years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a $400 special assessment, and at least five years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Rindels appeared for a detention hearing on February 17, 2016, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond.  Rindels’ next appearance for trial is set for April 11, 2016.

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 Waterloo 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  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 16-2006.

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Updated February 18, 2016

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