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Wanblee Man Sentenced for Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota, man convicted of Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Benjamin Sitting Up, Jr., age 33, was sentenced on July 16, 2019, to 3 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Sitting Up was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2018.  The charge related to Sitting Up electronically sending the minor victim multiple obscene images of adults engaging in sexual acts through Facebook Messenger.  Sitting Up also repeatedly propositioned the minor to engage in sexual acts through messages.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.

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

Updated July 18, 2019

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