Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.
Kenneth Larson, age 54, was indicted on May 20, 2021. Larson appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on June 9, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of five up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to Larson receiving and possessing computer images of child pornography at Rapid City between April 2015 and November 2020. The charges are merely an accusation and Larson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.
Larson was released on conditions pending trial. A trial date has been set for August 17, 2021.
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