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Three Men Charged with Commercial Sex Trafficking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that three men have been charged with Commercial Sex Trafficking after answering an on-line advertisement. Homeland Security Investigations, along with the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, conducted an on-line undercover operation, known as “Operation Crossing Guard,” to identify persons who attempt to purchase sex acts with children.

"This undercover operation is an excellent example of a concerted effort by federal, city, county and state agencies to make our communities safer for children." US Attorney Johnson said. "I would like to thank all of the agencies who assisted in Operation Crossing Guard."

Ronald Bonestroo, age 53, of Sioux Falls, appeared on February 11 before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on a complaint. Jeffrey Krogman, age 31, of Sioux Falls, appeared today before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on a complaint. Both Bonestroo and Krogman face a minimum sentence of 10 years’ incarceration and a maximum of life imprisonment.

Daron Jungers, age 40, of Sioux City, Iowa, appeared today before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on a complaint. Jungers faces a minimum sentence of 15 years’ incarceration and a maximum of life imprisonment.

The charges are merely accusations and the three men are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the US Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and the Sioux Falls Police Department. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.

All three defendants were remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. Trial dates have not yet been scheduled.

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