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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on January 6, 2020, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Paul Heib, age 51, was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison and 5 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Heib was one of seven men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with minors obtained through the Internet. The conviction stemmed from Heib communicating with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old boy, but who was in fact an undercover agent, for the purpose of arranging a meeting to engage in sexual acts with the minor.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
Heib was immediately remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.