Rapid City Man Indicted for Internet Transfer of Obscene Material
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Receipt of Obscene Visual Representations of the Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Obscene Visual Representations of the Sexual Abuse of Children, and Transportation of Obscene Matter.
Andrew Hallock, 48, was charged on June 19, 2018. Hallock appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on June 22, 2018, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years up to lifetime supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Hallock knowingly receiving, possessing, and producing obscene, sexually explicit drawings and cartoons of minors between October 2015 and January 2018 via the internet. The charges are merely an accusation and Hallock 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.
Hallock was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.