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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on November 21, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Ricky Jason Bedlingon, age 43, was sentenced to three years of probation and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Bedlington was indicted by a federal grand jury in September of 2021. He pled guilty on August 29, 2022.

The conviction stems from Bedlington failing to register as a sex offender as required by federal law between May 28, 2021, and May 31, 2021. Bedlington had previously been convicted of a sex offense in state court. Bedlington failed to provide information required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act relating to intended travel to a foreign country.

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

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.


Updated November 22, 2022

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