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Oglala Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Federal Prison

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan A. Kobes, sitting in district court in Rapid City, South Dakota, has sentenced an Oglala, South Dakota, man convicted of one count of Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet and two counts of Commercial Sex Trafficking. The sentencing took place on May 14, 2024.

Gordon Weston, age 58, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release on each count of conviction, and ordered to pay a total of $300 in special assessments to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for the three convictions. The prison sentences and periods of supervision shall be served concurrently.

Weston was indicted for the charges by a federal grand jury in September of 2021. He was found guilty following a federal jury trial in Rapid City in January of 2024.

Weston was employed as the Activities Coordinator at the Emergency Youth Shelter in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, from 2009 to 2021. During his employment he met several females at the shelter, one of which was the charged victim in the case. The victim was a vulnerable child who had been removed from her household due to neglect, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. After the victim was released from the shelter, Weston contacted her through social media and solicited her for sexual intercourse in exchange for money. Weston engaged in two acts of Commercial Sex Trafficking on two separate occasions. Through the investigation, it was revealed that Weston had victimized at least one other female.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian country be prosecuted in federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Poppen and Jeff Clapper prosecuted the case.

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

Updated May 17, 2024

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