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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rapid City Man Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

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

Nicholas Adam Jensen, age 24, was indicted on September 23, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on October 14, 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, a 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 2013 and April 2013, at Rapid City, Jensen knowingly distributed and possessed computer files containing images of child pornography.  

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

The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.

Jensen was released pending trial.  A trial date has been set for March 10, 2015.     

Updated June 22, 2015