Rapid City Man Guilty Of Distributing Child Pornography
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Gary Scott Whiting, age 49, of Rapid City, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on May 3, 2013, and pleaded guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography. The Magistrate Judge is expected to recommend Whiting’s plea be accepted by the District Court. The penalty upon conviction is 5 years mandatory minimum up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
Between May and July 2012, at Rapid City, Whiting knowingly distributed material that contained images of child pornography.
The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending acceptance of this plea and sentencing.