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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rapid City Man Pleads Not Guilty To 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 allegedly downloading images of child pornography onto a computer in September 2013.
Rodney Volker, age 67, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2013, for Possession of Child Pornography and Receipt of Child Pornography.  Volker appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 4, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 
The penalty upon conviction for the Possession charge is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and for Receipt of Child Pornography the penalty is a mandatory minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The charges are merely accusations and Volker is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 
The investigation is being conducted by the Rapid City Police Department and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case. 
Volker was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set. 

Updated June 22, 2015