Allen Man Sentenced to Federal Prison
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota
RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced an Allen, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact and Possession of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place on October 26, 2023.
Joshua Isaac Sharp, 39, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, following his conviction for Abusive Sexual Contact.
Sharp was also sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay another $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, following his conviction for Possession of Child Pornography. The Court ordered that the sentences be run concurrently.
Sharp was indicted for the charges by a federal grand jury in July of 2022. He pleaded guilty on July 28, 2023.
The conviction stems from Sharp engaging in sexual contact with a child who was less than 12 years old in November of 2021 near Allen. Sharp also possessed child pornography on his cellular telephone during this time.
This case was 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.
This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.
This case was investigated by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.
Sharp was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Updated November 2, 2023
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