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Rapid City Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place on August 29, 2023.

Nathan David Hankins, 30, was sentenced to two 10-year terms in federal prison, to run concurrently. Hankins’ federal custody time will run consecutively with a previously imposed state custody sentence. Hankins was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Hankins was indicted for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury in December of 2019. He was convicted at a court trial on March 23, 2023.

Hankins was federally indicted following a Cybertip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children in relation to a download of child pornography from Hankins’ Google account. The Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce executed a search warrant on Hankins’ residence and located several devices. A forensic examination of those devices found hundreds of images of child pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

Hankins was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Updated September 1, 2023

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