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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Georgia Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Gordon, Georgia, man convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on March 9, 2018, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Marshall Brown, age 27, formerly of Ellsworth Air Force Base, was sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brown 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 seeking to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet.  The conviction stemmed from Brown communicating with someone he believed to be a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts and sending pornographic images of himself to the minor.  After the execution of a search warrant on Brown’s phone, law enforcement discovered pornographic images of a separate15 year-old minor.

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.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 26, 2018