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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Transportation of Child Pornography

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Transportation of Child Pornography was sentenced on April 26, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Joshua Lynn Lugert, age 38, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Lugert was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2020.  He pled guilty on February 10, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between March 12, 2019, and March 6, 2020.  Lugert searched the internet for child pornography and collected thousands of files using his cell phone and tablet. 

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

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

Updated April 28, 2021

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