Box Elder Man Indicted for Illegal Use of Internet
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Box Elder, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet, and Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor.
Christopher Michael Fox, age 42, was indicted on June 14, 2016, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 7, 2016. He pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, and a $5,000 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Fox using a cell phone and a computer to engage in sexually explicit conduct with minor females. The charges are merely an accusation and Fox is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case.
Fox was detained pending a detention hearing. A trial date has not been set.