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Manderson Man Sentenced for Illegal Use of Internet

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Manderson, South Dakota, man convicted of Enticement of a Minor Using Interstate Commerce was sentenced on October 5, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

William Belt, a/k/a William Fire Thunder, age 21, was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and required to register as a sex offender.

Belt was charged on September 9, 2015, and pleaded guilty on July 1, 2016.  The conviction stems from Belt using his iPod to entice a minor female to engage in unlawful sexual acts during the summer of 2015 near Manderson.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

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

Updated October 12, 2016

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