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Sioux Falls Man Sentenced for Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information About a Minor

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information About a Minor was sentenced on February 8, 2016, by U.S. District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Scott Robert Larson, age 30, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Crime Victims Assistance Fund.

Larson was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury on June 2, 2015.  He pled guilty on November 18, 2015.

Larson responded to an advertisement on the Internet website of Backpage.com, which was part of a sting operation.  Using his cell phone to send text messages, Larson agreed to meet at a location in Sioux Falls to have sex with a fictitious 15 year-old girl.  Law enforcement officers arrested Larson after he left the scene.  They found the cell phone used for the text messages, as well as cash and marijuana in his car.

This case was investigated by the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Larson was ordered to self-surrender on February 29, 2016.

Updated February 10, 2016