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Missouri Man Sentenced for Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Independence, Missouri, man convicted of Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on June 17, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Donald Scott Baker, age 47, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Baker was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet.  The conviction stemmed from Baker communicating with someone he believed to be associated with a 15-year-old girl, but who was in fact an undercover agent, for the purpose of meeting the girl to engage in sexual acts.  Baker also requested pornographic images of the minor be sent to himself.

The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.

Baker was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Updated June 30, 2019