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Tea Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

April 6, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Tea, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Cameron Schwartzle, age 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2011, for Possession of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, and Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography. He appeared before US District Judge Lawrence Piersol on April 7, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. Two of the charges carry a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and supervised release for life, while the charge of receipt and distribution of child pornography carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 20 years incarceration with a minimum of 5 years in prison. The charges are merely accusations, and Schwartzle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department, and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case. Schwartzle was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

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

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