STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – A joint state-federal sex trafficking online sting during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally resulted in the arrest of 8 men – 5 from Rapid City, one from Sturgis, and 2 from the the state of Pennsylvania.
U-S Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons says 2 of the men – 20-year old Robert Goodwill Jr of Rapid City and 22-year old Kevin Clements of Claysville, PA – are charged with attempted commercial sex trafficking of a minor, the others with attempting to entice a minor using the internet.
Commercial sex trafficking brings between 10 years and life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. The prison sentence for attempting to entice is between 10 years and life with a $5,000 fine.
Parsons says the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force joined officers from U-S Homeland Security Investigations for the joint sex trafficking operation during the entire 10 days of the Sturgis Rally.
Similar sex trafficking sting operations based on the internet have been conducted during the Rally for several years.