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Kyle Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

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

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Possession of Child Pornography.

Shayne Justin Begay, age 44, was indicted on December 21, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 29, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 15 up to 30 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Begay filming minor females while they showered at the Juvenile Detention Center in Kyle, South Dakota, where he was employed as a corrections officer.  The charges are merely an accusation and Begay is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.

Begay was released on conditions pending trial.  A trial date has been set for March 8, 2022. 

Updated January 14, 2022

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