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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Hot Springs Man Sentenced to Twenty Years for Attempted Enticement of Minor Using Internet

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Hot Springs, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet was sentenced on May 25, 2018, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

James Sides, age 32, was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment and 20 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Sides was charged on March 21, 2017. The charge relates to Sides communicating with someone he believed to be the father of a 14 year-old girl, who was in fact an undercover agent, and attempting to arrange a meeting in order to engage in sexual contact with the minor.

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

Updated June 4, 2018