(STL.News) – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Brookings, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography.
Tyler Powers, age 25, was indicted on October 8, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 11, 2019, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about May 30, 2019, Powers knowingly received and distributed, and attempted to receive and distribute, child pornography that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, using a computer.
The charge is merely an accusation and Powers is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.
Powers was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for December 17, 2019.