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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, November 4, 2016

Rapid City Man Indicted for Illegal Use of Internet

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

Charles Drust Jr., age 62, was indicted on October 18, 2016, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on November 2, 2016. He pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The charges relate to Drust using a computer to receive and possess images of child pornography. The charges are merely an accusation and Drust is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 4, 2016