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Tea Man Sentenced for Accessing and Possessing Child Pornography

June 13, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Tea, South Dakota, man charged with accessing and possessing child pornography was sentenced on June 8, 2012, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. Cameron Schwartzle, age 21, was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment.

Schwartzle was indicted for Possession of Child Pornography, Accessing Child Pornography, and Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2011. The charges stemmed from Schwartzle’s use of file-sharing software on the internet to obtain child pornography. An investigation by an undercover officer with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office led to the discovery of Schwartzle’s child pornography activity on the internet. Law enforcement officers searched Schwartzle’s residence, which was in the basement of his parents’ home in Tea. An examination of his computer led to the discovery of over 150 images and over 4 hours of video child pornography, much of which involved infants and toddlers. Schwartzle was convicted of Accessing Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography by a federal jury on March 14, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department, Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Schwartzle 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



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