CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A central Iowa man was charged in federal court Wednesday with sexually exploiting a child, and possessing and distributing child pornography.
This indictment resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Police Department.
Michael Bordman, 22, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was charged in an indictment unsealed Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The indictment alleges that, between August 2015 and July 2016, Bordman sexually exploited a child and distributed, received and possessed child pornography.
If convicted, Bordman faces a mandatory sentence of 15 to 90 years’ imprisonment, a $1 million fine, a $400 special assessment, and five years to life on supervised release following prison.
Bordman appeared for a detention hearing Oct. 11 in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. His next appearance for trial is set for Dec. 12.
This indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 14,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2015, nearly 2,400 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 victims identified or rescued.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.