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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 26, 2021

Wentworth Man Charged with Ceceipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Wentworth, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography.

Jordan Charles Opdahl, age 29, was indicted on November 9, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 24, 2021, 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 of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about October 20, 2020, Opdahl knowingly received and distributed, and attempted to receive and distribute, 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 Opdahl is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Madison Police Department, and Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

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

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Updated November 26, 2021