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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography was sentenced on July 25, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Spencer Peter Goth, age 24, was sentenced to 78 months 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.

Goth was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 7, 2021.  He pled guilty on May 5, 2022.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between April 12, 2018, and December 29, 2020, when Goth knowingly received child pornography over the internet.  After searching the internet for child pornography, Goth saved the files containing child pornography onto his computer then transferred the files onto a thumb drive that was connected to his computer through a USB port.  Goth knew the files contained child pornography before he chose to download and save them.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 26, 2022

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