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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor was sentenced on March 2, 2018, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cody Two Lance, age 35, was sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Two Lance was one of ten men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet.  The conviction stemmed from Two Lance communicating with someone he believed to be a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts and sending pornographic images of himself to 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.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 5, 2018