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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 14, 2020

Tyndall Man Charged with Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Tyndall, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography.

Paul Hovorka, age 24, was indicted on February 4, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 12, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life years of supervised release, and up to $5,100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between June 15, 2019, and November 21, 2019, Hovorka knowingly received and attempted to receive child pornography that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.

The charge is merely an accusation and Hovorka is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Hovorka was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated February 14, 2020