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Rapid City Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on June 7, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Matthew King Adkins, age 48, was sentenced to 5 months in custody, which he had already served, 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Adkins was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2018.  He pled guilty and was detained on January 4, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from an incident between April 6, 2017, and April 21, 2017, when it was discovered that Adkins, who was residing in Rapid City at the time, knowingly possessed images of child pornography on his computer.  Some of the images included prepubescent minors.  The digital files were transported in interstate commerce over the internet by computer, and therefore, affected interstate or foreign commerce. Law enforcement also found on his computer stories written by Adkins referencing sexual activity between adults and children. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Updated June 12, 2019