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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Attempted Production of Child Pornography

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Production of Child Pornography. The sentencing took place on August 21, 2023.

Tyson Thill, age 45, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Upon release from custody, Thill must register as a sex offender.

Thill was indicted by a federal grand jury in September of 2021. He pleaded guilty on May 30, 2023.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between February 8, 2019, and July 28, 2021, when Thill downloaded an application to use a camera from a remote location on his cell phone. Thill used the app to control the camera of another phone that he hid in a bedroom for the purpose of taking photographs of a minor getting dressed. Thill knew the minor was underage.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Thill was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Updated August 25, 2023

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