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Press Release


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

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), the South Dakota Attorney General, and other law enforcement partner agencies will hold a press conference on Monday, November 16, 2015, at the Andrew W. Bogue Federal Building in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Discussed will be the sentencing of Andrew Hiipakka, a former middle school teacher convicted of Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet; the law enforcement collaboration that led to the prosecution; and continuing efforts to combat child pornography.

WHOSarah Collins: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Senior Litigation Counsel

          Gregg Peterman: Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney

          Marty Jackley: South Dakota Attorney General

          Brent Gromer: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander

          Captain James Johns: Rapid City Police Department, Criminal Investigation Division

          Captain Corey Brubakken: Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

          Mark Stewart: Homeland Security Investigations, Resident Agent in Charge

          Michael Diaz: Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Monday, November 16, 2015, at approximately 4:45 p.m. MST - or immediately following the sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (Exact start time of press conference is dependent upon completion time of sentencing.)

WHERE: USAO Conference Room, located on the 2nd Floor of the Federal Building. Address is 515 Ninth Street, Rapid City.

SECURITY: All media must enter through the first floor lobby. Media will be required to go through security and present a government-issued photo ID. Audio and video recording devices are allowed only in the press conference location, and the use of these devices is prohibited anywhere else in the federal building.

Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Ace Crawford at 605.341.1915 or 605.838.6092.

Updated November 12, 2015