New Hampton man faces child sexual exploitation charges in federal court

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – A 56-year-old New Hampton man is facing attempted enticement and child pornography charges, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

William Rolen is accused of attempting to entice a person “who he believed to be under 18 in criminal sexual activity” according to a federal indictment which was unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids this week. The alleged attempts occurred in February and March of last year, according to the release.

If Rolen is convicted, he’ll face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, while the punishment could reach life in prison. The Department of Justice also notes that a fine of $1.25 million could also be included if Rolen is convicted.

Rolen is being held in custody without bond while his trial is set to begin on May 13. The Department of Justice says the case is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Police Department, the New Hampton Police Department, and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office.

KWWL Staff

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