Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Production of Child Pornography and Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography.
Jeremy James Konda, age 49, was indicted on September 9, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 14, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 30 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Count one of the Indictment alleges that on or about between May 27, 2020, and July 26, 2020, Konda knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions, knowing such depictions would be transported in interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, and such visual depictions would be produced by any means, including by computer.
Count two of the Indictment alleges that on or about between February 2, 2021, and May 1, 2021, Konda knowingly received and attempted to receive, any child pornography that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate of foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.
The charges are merely accusations and Konda is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.
Konda was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.