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Rapid City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on October 25, 2021 by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Nikolas John Larson, age 41, was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.  Larson was ordered to pay a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100 and $51,000 in restitution.  Larson will also be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Larson was arrested and federally indicted following a failed pre-employment polygraph examination.  After being informed of the failed polygraph, Larson admitted to visiting the Dark Web to look for and intentionally view images of child pornography from 2009 to 2019.  A forensic examination of Larson’s devices revealed over 10,000 images of child pornography and 900 child pornography videos.  

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

Larson was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 2, 2021

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