Sturgis man sentenced for attempted receipt of child porn

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RAPID CITY — A Sturgis man was sentenced to prison following his conviction of attempted receipt of child pornography.

William Nicholas Riley, 61, was sentenced to six years in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release. He was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Find, and $5,000 to the Victims of Trafficking Fund. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Riley was arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury as the result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Riley initiated sexual chats and sought images of child pornography from a person he believed as a 15-year-old girl, but who was really an undercover agent. Riley negotiated a time and place for the two to meet and engage in unlawful sex acts. When Riley went to the pre-determined location to meet the minor, he was met by law enforcement and placed under arrest.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigation, the state Division of Criminal Investigation, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Riley was taken into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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