United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jeremy Gunhammer, age 20, of Rosebud, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on November 19, 2013, and pled guilty to Possession of Child Pornography.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The conviction stems from incidents that took place between January 1, 2013, and May 31, 2013, when Gunhammer would use the internet to receive and possess images of child pornography. Gunhammer knew that the child pornography images were produced using material that had been mailed and shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by means of computer, cellular phone, Facebook, and other online services.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, Sioux Falls Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tim Maher and Sarah Collins are prosecuting the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for January 27, 2013. The defendant was released on conditions pending sentencing.