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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Brandon Man Sentenced to 97 Months for Receipt of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Brandon, South Dakota man convicted of distribution and receipt of child pornography was sentenced on February 5, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

John McKenzie, age 24, was sentenced to 97 months custody, 5 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

McKenzie was indicted for distribution and receipt of child pornography by a federal grand jury on December 6, 2016. He pled guilty on November 2, 2017.

Between July 19, 2015 and May 10, 2016, John McKenzie resided in Brandon and had a computer with internet access. Using his computer to connect and access websites and applications for “Omegle” and “Kik Messenger,” McKenzie received and distributed digital files containing images and videos of child pornography. Many of the images of child pornography depicted prepubescent minors.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Clapper.

McKenzie was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated February 6, 2018