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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 18, 2022

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet

United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet.

Kent Mews, age 55, was indicted on April 5, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 11, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The mandatory minimum penalty upon conviction is 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years minimum of supervised release, up to life, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about March 6, 2022, Mews attempted to use a cell phone to knowingly persuade, induce, entice, and coerce an undercover agent posing as a 15-year-old male, to engage in sexual activity.

The charge is merely an accusation and Mews is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Mews was released on bond pending trial which has been set for July 19, 2022.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated April 18, 2022