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Mitchell Man Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mitchell, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Exploitation of a Child was sentenced on December 2, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Walter “Wally” Joseph Jandreau, age 36, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison, 10 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Jandreau was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 6, 2018.  He pled guilty on July 25, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between July 16, 2018, and July 23, 2018, when Jandreau knowingly coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct with him, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.  While the sexually explicit conduct was occurring, Jandreau used his cell phone to take pictures and produced them using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, including a computer.

“This defendant engaged in truly despicable conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons.  “He deserves every minute of every day of the long federal prison sentence issued to him by the Court.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 2, 2019