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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity and Related Crimes

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota man convicted of transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes was sentenced on February 8, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Jerome Davis Kent, age 51, was sentenced to 30 months custody, 6 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Kent was indicted for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion and transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes by a federal grand jury on September 6, 2017. He pled guilty on October 19, 2017.

In October, 2016, Kent knowingly transported an adult female victim from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Marshall, Minnesota. Kent knew the woman and intended to transport her for the purpose of engaging in acts of prostitution. Kent supplied the woman with heroin and kept the money she received from her commercial sex acts.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Clapper.

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

Updated February 9, 2018