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Yankton Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Yankton, South Dakota, man convicted of Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography was sentenced on November 14, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Dylan James Steffen, age 30, was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Steffen was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2021. He pled guilty on August 17, 2021.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between January 22, 2021, and January 24, 2021, when Steffen knowingly received and distributed material which contained child pornography. While using his KIK social media account, Steffen engaged in chat conversations with other KIK users. During those conversations, Steffen shared files that contained images and videos of child pornography, including prepubescent minors that had not attained the age of twelve years old.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Yankton Police Department, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

Steffen was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 16, 2022

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