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Former Rapid City Priest Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Sexual Conduct

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a former Rapid City, South Dakota, priest convicted of Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in a Foreign Place was sentenced on March 11, 2022, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Marcin Stanislaw Garbarcz, age 43, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  This sentence was ordered to be served after Garbacz completes his sentence of seven years and nine months, which was handed down in November 2020 for his financial fraud and tax convictions following a March 2020 jury trial.

Garbacz was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 19, 2020, and pleaded guilty on November 8, 2021.  The charge stems from Garbacz, while traveling in Poland, video recording an unclothed minor.  The videos constituted production of child pornography.  The videos were later found on Garbacz’s computer following his arrest on the financial fraud charges.   

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated March 14, 2022