United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Brookings, South Dakota, man convicted of Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on January 25, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Tyler Powers, age 26, was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Powers was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 8, 2019. He pleaded guilty on July 20, 2020.
The conviction stemmed from internet activity on May 30, 2019, when Powers downloaded child pornography onto his computer. When law enforcement searched his residence, they discovered an extensive collection of child pornography on an external hard drive.
This case was investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.
Powers was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.