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Box Elder Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Box Elder, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on August 19, 2022, by U.S. District Karen E. Schreier.

John Cody Klingman, age 31, was sentenced to three years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.  Klingman was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $5,000 in restitution.  Klingman will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Klingman was arrested and federally indicted following several Cybertips from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.  The Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce executed a search warrant on Klingman’s home and seized multiple devices.  Forensic examination of those devices rendered searches for child and teen pornography, as well as computer-generated child pornography and age difficult images.

This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

Klingman was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 1, 2022

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