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Minnesota Man Sentenced to 17.5 Years for Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Minneapolis, Minnesota, man convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on August 3, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Nicolas Edward Wilson, age 35, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.  Wilson was also ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment.  

Wilson was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2019.  He pled guilty on May 11, 2020.

Wilson received and distributed child pornography between September, 2012, and April, 2015.  Wilson used his laptop computer to search for images of child pornography on the internet.  He also used his cell phone to take pornographic photos of a juvenile female in South Dakota.  After the juvenile became an adult, she disclosed the information to law enforcement.  Investigators were able to forensically examine the cell phone and laptop computer to find evidence of the child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons commended the joint efforts of the law enforcement agencies working together.  He also stated that "the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offense as well as the courage of a victim to come forward and disclose the traumatic events that occurred to her while she was a teenager."

This case was investigated by the McCook County Sheriff's Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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

Updated August 3, 2020