Sioux Falls Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography

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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Production of Child Pornography.

Jayden Kusiek Wolf, age 22, was indicted on March 17, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann on March 25, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 30 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between on or about May 25, 2021, and July 7, 2021, Kusiek Wolf knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced two minor females in Sioux Falls to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions, and knowing that such visual depictions would be transported in interstate and foreign commerce or mailed, and such visual depictions would be produced by any means, including by computer.

The charges are merely accusations and Kusiek Wolf is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Kusiek Wolf was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has not been set.