South African Man Sentenced for Transportation of Obscene Matter
United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a man from South Africa was sentenced to time served on October 4, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. He previously pled guilty to Transportation of Obscene Matter.
Andries Snyman, age 45, was one of ten men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting internet predators. Following several chats and texts with a person Snyman believed to be a 14 year-old boy, but who was in fact an undercover agent, he proceeded to negotiate the time and place they would meet to have sex. Additionally, Snyman asked for details about parts of the boy’s physical appearance, which constituted an obscene and lewd writing. When Snyman went to the pre-determined location to meet the minor, he was instead met by law enforcement agents and placed under arrest.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.