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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Rapid City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on April 14, 2021, by Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Bruce Kline, age 52, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by a lifetime supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $13,000 in restitution.  Kline will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The conviction stems from Kline failing a parole-ordered polygraph in October 2019.  Kline was convicted in state court in 2011 for child pornography charges and remained on parole.  Forensic examination of Kline’s devices thereafter revealed thousands of images of child pornography downloaded by Kline.

The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Department of Corrections, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins prosecuted the case.

Kline was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated April 28, 2021