Thursday, July 22, 2021

Sioux Falls Man Charged with Transportation of Child Pornography and Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

Spencer Peter Goth, age 23, was indicted on July 7, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on July 21, 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 up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between April 12, 2018, and December 29, 2020, Goth knowingly transported child pornography using any means, including by computer and using the internet. Goth uploaded graphic image and video files depicting one or more minors in sexually explicit conduct into his Dropbox account.

The Indictment also alleges that between May 1, 2017, and May 13, 2021, Goth knowingly received and distributed, and attempted to distribute any child pornography that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.

The charges are merely accusation and Goth is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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

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

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