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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
605-357-2360

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man charged with possessing child pornography was sentenced on February 25, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Roy Laverne Shilhanek, age 45, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment.

Shilhanek was indicted for Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury on May 4, 2010. The investigation began in the spring of 2010 when investigators discovered Shilhanek sharing files containing child pornography on the internet. Members of the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Shilhanek’s Sioux Falls residence in March 2010. At that time, they seized three computers, three external hard drives, and over five hundred compact discs. Forensic examination of the seized evidence revealed the presence of over 2,700 photos and over 300 videos of child pornography. Shilhanek admitted that his viewing and collection of child pornography began approximately eight years prior to being caught. He pled guilty to the indictment on November 18, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper.

Shilhanek was immediately turned over to the custody of the US Marshal.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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