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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of distribution and receipt of child pornography on August 2, 2018.

Jason Jorgenson, age 33, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and forfeit his cell phone.

Jorgenson was indicted for possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography by a federal grand jury on May 9, 2017.  He pled guilty on April 2, 2018.

Jorgenson is a repeat felon.  Before the commission of these particular crimes, he had been released from prison in September 2016 after serving a four-year prison sentence for a previous child exploitation felony conviction. In December of 2016 and January 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) generated two cyber-tips about child pornography being distributed from Jorgenson's residence in Sioux Falls.  An investigation of Jorgenson by Homeland Security Investigations led to the discovery of multiple internet accounts he was using to receive and distribute digital files of child pornography, often using false names to try to hide his identity.

This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations of the Department of Homeland Security and the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Clapper prosecuted the case.

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