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Elk Point Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that an Elk Point, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Production of Child Pornography.

Hector Paulin-Torres, age 33, was indicted on March 1, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 16, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 30 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about September 18, 2021, Paulin-Torres knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor female to engaged in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions, knowing such depictions would be transported in interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, and such visual depictions would be produced by any means, including by computer

The charge is merely an accusation and Paulin-Torres is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigation, the Elk Point Police Department, and the Vermillion Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Paulin-Torres was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial which has not been set yet.

Updated March 17, 2022