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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 26, 2016

Wall Man Indicted for Illegal Use of Internet

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wall, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet, and Receipt of Child Pornography.

Dustin Christopher Scott, age 33, was indicted on August 23, 2016, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on September 19, 2016.  He pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, and a $5,000 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Scott using a cell phone and a computer to attempt to engage in sexually explicit conduct with undercover agents posing as the father of a minor female. The charges are merely an accusation and Scott is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the case.

Scott was detained pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated September 26, 2016