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Ellsworth Man Convicted of Child Pornography Charges

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Colby Haggerty, 25, of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was found guilty of two counts of Receipt of Child Pornography and one count of Possession of Child Pornography at the conclusion of a four-day federal jury trial in Rapid City.

The penalty is a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution.

The conviction stems from Haggerty downloading at least 1,000 pornographic images of children, including infants, between 2009 and 2015 while living on Ellsworth Air Force Base and in Rapid City.

This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing will be scheduled. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated July 26, 2017

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