Recently unsealed federal court documents show that 10 South Dakota men were arrested and charged with enticing a minor using the internet after a sting earlier this month at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The men were caught by undercover officers posing as year-olds on chat apps, Craigslist and other websites, according to documents. Jeric Michael Davis: Davis allegedly agreed to meet an agent posing as a year-old girl for sex at a Rapid City baseball field after chatting with her on the MeetMe app. When told the person he was speaking with was a minor, court records show Davis responded that having sex with her would "cost me my freedom and my life," but agreed to meet with her anyway.
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Duque, 39, was arrested at the suggested meeting place of Canyon Lake Little League fields, where he allegedly told agents he was chatting online with someone who said they were 15, but that he did not think she looked 15 in her photos. Gertsch allegedly responded to the profile, asking if the girl would want to text, according to the federal complaint.
Brennan John Hauk: Hauk allegedly chatted with an agent pretending to be a year-old boy on Grindr, a gay dating app. Stanley Lee Lumbardy: Court documents allege that Lumbardy agreed to meet an agent posing as a year-old girl at a local school after meeting the agent on Kik, a messaging app.
Lumbardly allegedly sent the "girl" a nude picture and was found with male sex toys, lube and condoms at the time of his arrest near the school. When the undercover agent told Pettit the girl's age, court documents say he responded that "he could go to jail" but still agreed to meet. Graydon Scott Shangreaux: Graydon allegedly told an agent pretending to be a year-old girl on Kik that meeting her for sex would be "very scary from a legal standpoint Justin Oliver Westby: Westby, 45, allegedly responded to a MeetMe ad created by an undercover agent posing as a year-old girl.
When he arrived, law enforcement found White Claw beverages and sex toys Westby had said he would bring the girl, according to the federal complaint. Jonathan Andrew Whitney: Whitney responded to an agent-created profile on Skout.
In the messages, Whitney, 32, details the sexual encounter he wishes to have with the girl. He told her he would buy her clothing items, condoms and lube, according to the complaint.
On Aug. Officers arrested Whitney there about p. Whitney is a registered sex offender based on a prior conviction for fourth-degree rape out of Minnehaha County.
Williamson agreed to bring condoms to the meet-up, according to the federal complaint. The agent asked to meet in front of a school, where Williamson was arrested on arrival. Nine of the men have pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
As a convicted sex offender, Whitney could face up to 20 years in prison. Facebook Twitter .
Ten charged with soliciting minors for sex in sting operation during Sturgis Rally. ZIP: