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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Colorado Man Sentenced for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Collins, Colorado, man convicted of Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on January 24, 2018, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Levi Drussell, age 25, was sentenced to 71 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Drussell was one of ten men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet.  The conviction stemmed from Drussell communicating with someone he believed to be a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts.  Additionally, Drussell sent multiple pornographic images of himself and repeatedly requested the minor send him child pornography images of herself.

The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.

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

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Updated January 30, 2018