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Rapid City Man Sentenced For Receipt Of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on April 29, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Rodney Volker, age 67, was sentenced to 108 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Volker was indicted for Possession of Child Pornography and Receipt of Child Pornography by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2013.  He pled guilty to the Receipt of Child Pornography charge on January 2, 2014.
The charge related to Volker taking his computer to a computer repair company in Rapid City on September 19, 2013, and asking them to wipe it clean of all data because it wasn’t working properly.  While the computer company employee was doing this, he viewed what he believed to be child pornography on the computer and reported it to law enforcement.  After a forensic analysis was done on the computer, 122 images of child pornography were found, many involving sexual acts by children with adult males and many involving girls under the age of 10.
This case was investigated by the Rapid City Police Department and the South Dakota Internet Crimes against Children Taskforce.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
Volker was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.                     

Updated June 22, 2015