Sioux Falls Man in Federal Court on Child Pornography Charges
Assistant United States Attorney
US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography, and Accessing Child Pornography.
Maksim Mehiolvich Stefanyuk, age 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury for the charges on October 4, 2011. He appeared before US Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on October 6, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges are merely accusations, and Stefanyuk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case. Stefanyuk was remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.