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Rapid City Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charge

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 Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place on April 8, 2024.

Titus Amiotte, 23, was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $60,694.12 in restitution and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Amiotte will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Amiotte was indicted for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury in February of 2022. He pleaded guilty on January 8, 2024.

Amiotte was federally indicted following law enforcement authority’s receipt of two Cybertips from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children reporting suspected child pornography uploads to Google. The South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce executed a search warrant on Amiotte’s residence and later forensically examined a laptop and cell phone that were identified as belonging to Amiotte. The forensic examination of those devices located 86 images and 27 videos 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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

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

Updated April 12, 2024

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Project Safe Childhood