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Porcupine Man Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

Jefferson Swallow, age 23, was indicted on September 22, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on September 25, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment up to 20 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that between March 2014 and August 2014, at Porcupine, Swallow knowingly received and possessed computers files containing images of child pornography.

The charges are merely accusations and Swallow is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.  

Swallow was detained pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.                           

Updated June 22, 2015