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Yankton Man Sentenced for Transportation of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Yankton, South Dakota, man convicted of Transportation of Child Pornography was sentenced on January 25, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Joshua Robert Hein, age 49, was sentenced to 130 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.

Hein was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2019.  He pled guilty on June 26, 2020.

The conviction stemmed from incidents between November 1, 2018, and February 21, 2019, when Hein, using his cell phone and the internet, uploaded graphic image and video files depicting child pornography into his Google account.  Hein knew the files contained child pornography. 

This case was investigated by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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

Updated January 26, 2021

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