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Waterloo Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

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

A man who received child pornography was sentenced today to 5 years in federal prison.

Forrest Rindels, age 60, of Waterloo, Iowa, received the sentence after an April 28, 2016 guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography.  At the plea hearing, Rindels admitted that, between 2001 and 2015, he knowingly received child pornography.

Rindels was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Rindels was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed, Rindels was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and he must also serve a 7-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, 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 December 1, 2016

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