United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Denver, Colorado, man convicted of Attempted Possession of Child Pornography was sentenced on June 10, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.
Noah Schottenstein, age 30, was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $5,000 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Schottenstein was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet. The conviction stemmed from Schottenstein communicating with someone he believed to be a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts. Additionally, Schottenstein requested the minor send him child pornography images of herself.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
Schottenstein was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.