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United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.
Amin Ricker, age 30, was indicted on April 12, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 26, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment up to 40 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment charges that between October 2016 and February 2017, Ricker knowingly distributed and possessed child pornography, and that at the time, he had a prior conviction under the laws of the state of South Dakota relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
The charges are merely accusations and Ricker is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pierre Police Department, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.
Ricker was released pending trial. Trial is set for June 27, 2017.