Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Yankton, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography.
Dylan James Steffen, age 29, was indicted on November 9, 2021. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 17, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime of supervised release, and up $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about between January 22, 2021, and January 24, 2021, and again on or about between March 17, 2021, and March 18, 2021, Steffen knowingly received and distributed, and attempted to receive and distribute, any child pornography that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.
The charges are merely accusations and Steffen is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Yankton Police Department, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.
Steffen was remanded to the custody of the State pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of South Dakota