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Friday, January 31, 2014

Rapid City Man Indicted For Internet Sexual Contact With A Minor

United  States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet and Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor.

Casey James Godfrey, age 27, was indicted on January 22, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on January 24, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years’ imprisonment up to life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime  supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that Godfrey used the Internet to entice a girl under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity and to send obscene matter to the girl.

The charges are merely accusations and Godfrey is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation was conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.  

Godfrey was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.   A trial date has not been set.      

Updated June 22, 2015