United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Receipt of Child Pornography and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Titus Amiotte, age 21, was indicted on February 17, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on February 25, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of five years up to 20 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Amiotte was federally indicted following a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The charges relate to Amiotte receiving and possessing child pornography between 2020 and 2022. The charges are merely accusations and Amiotte is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is a joint effort between the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, Homeland Security Investigations, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Sazama is prosecuting the case.
Amiotte was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for May 3, 2022.