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Sioux Falls Man Receives Three Life Sentences For Sex Trafficking

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls man was sentenced on May 30, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Carl Campbell, age 37, was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment based on convictions for Sex Trafficking by Force Fraud, or Coercion and the Sex Trafficking of a Child. He was also sentenced to 20 years for using Interstate Transportation for Prostitution and Obstruction of Sex Trafficking Enforcement. These sentences will run concurrently. He will pay a $500 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

“Those who traffic South Dakota children and young women will find no refuge from law enforcement. We are behind every corner and we will aggressively prosecute anyone who tries to profit off the sexual exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens,” said U.S. Attorney Johnson.

Campbell was indicted by a second superseding indictment by a federal grand jury on November 6, 2012 and found guilty of all counts by a federal jury on February 8, 2013.

The jury convicted Campbell after hearing evidence that he lured in young adults and minors and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts in and around Sioux Falls. He assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about 8 months, during which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police Department, and the Franklin County (Illinois) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Koliner and Jeffrey Clapper prosecuted the case.

Campbell was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

Updated June 22, 2015