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Mason City Man Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

Michael Goodale, age 30, from Mason City, Iowa, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse, two counts of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of accessing child pornography. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on March 7, 2012, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Indictment alleges that, between 2008 and 2010, Goodale knowingly crossed a state line with the intent to engage in sexual acts with two minors who were under age 12. The Indictment also alleges that, between 2008 and 2011, Goodale knowingly transported the two minors across a state line with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. In addition, the Indictment alleges that, in 2011, Goodale knowingly accessed with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

If convicted on all charges, Goodale faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, $1,250,000 in fines, $500 in special assessments, and at least 5 years and up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

Goodale appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Goodale’s next appearance for a detention hearing is set for March 13, 2012.

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Mason City Police Department.

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