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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 5, 2015

Former Elementary School Janitor Sentenced For Illegal Use Of The Internet

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet was sentenced on June 3, 2015, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
 
Casey James Godfrey, age 30, was sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  
 
 Between July 2013 and January 2014, at Rapid City, Godfrey used the Internet to entice a 13 year-old female and a 15 year-old female to email him several photographs of them in various stages of undressing, to include nude and partially nude photos.  At the time of his arrest, Godfrey was working as a janitor at Pinedale Elementary School.

“This sentence sends a strong message,” said Seiler.  “Preventing the sexual exploitation and abuse of children is a top priority of our office, and the 20-year federal prison term that was handed down should reinforce that there will be severe criminal consequences for Internet predators.”

The investigation was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.

Godfrey was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  


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Updated June 22, 2015