Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.
Nathan David Hankins, age 28, was indicted on December 17, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on October 1, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
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 Hankins receiving and possessing child pornography between August 2019 and December 2019, at Rapid City. The charges are merely an accusation and Hankins is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is a joint effort between Homeland Security Investigations, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.
Hankins was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.