A Cavour man convicted of attempted seduction of a minor via the internet has been convicted by federal court.
David Robert Farrell, 40, is to serve 10 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and pay a $100 special tax assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The conviction stemmed from incidents between April 22 and April 27, 2021, when Farrell knowingly used his cell phone to convince and seduce a 15-year-old woman to meet him at a hotel in Sioux Falls, with the aim of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old woman. to have activity. † Farrell was texting a person he knew was a 15-year-old woman. Unknown to him, and before the criminal conduct took place, an undercover law enforcement officer assumed the 15-year-old woman’s identity online. Some of his communications were sexual in nature, and he expressed his intent to meet the 15-year-old at a Sioux Falls hotel for the purpose of sexual activity.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
A man from A Cavour, South Dakota, has been charged by a federal grand jury with attempted production of child pornography, attempted seduction of a minor over the Internet, and transmission of obscene material to a minor.
David Robert Farrell, 39, pleaded not guilty.
The indictment alleges that on April 22, 2021, Farrell knowingly attempted to coerce an underage woman into explicit sexual behavior for the purpose of producing visual images. Such images would then be transported with a computer in interstate and foreign trade. The indictment also alleges that on or about April 27, 2021, Farrell knowingly traveled to engage in sexual behavior with the same minor. Farrell again used his cell phone to knowingly coax that minor into sexual activity. Finally, the indictment alleges that between April 22, 2021 and April 23, 2021, Farrell also used his cell phone to transmit and attempt to transfer obscene materials to the underage woman, who had not yet reached the age of 16.
The maximum penalty if sentenced to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, supervised release and up to $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Refunds can also be ordered.
Farrell was released on bail pending trial. No trial date has been set.