Sioux Falls man charged with child pornography | State News

{KXLG – Sioux Falls, SD} Justin Preuschl, a 27-year-old Sioux Falls, South Dakota man, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple counts related to child pornography and transfer of obscene material to minors. The indictment includes six counts of attempted production of child pornography, three counts of production of child pornography and seven counts of transfer of obscene material to minors.

Preuschl, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on June 7, 2024. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison , a fine of up to $250,000, a lifetime of supervised release and a contribution of up to $1,600 to the federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The indictment alleges that Preuschl, posing as a 15-year-old male, had sexually explicit communications with several young female victims beginning in October 2023 and continuing through 2024. He allegedly pressured the victims to send him sexually explicit materials and photos of men. genitals to victims. At the time of most of the alleged offenses, Preuschl was employed as a teacher at Whittier Middle School in Sioux Falls.

The charges are merely accusations and Preuschl is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The investigation is ongoing by Homeland Security Investigations, the Sioux Falls Police Department, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the North Liberty, Iowa, Police Department.

If you or someone you know has had contact with the Snapchat accounts cpiper9696, justinpreuschl1, swilliams69420, swilliams420696, justin99696 or justin9996, or cambam7276 on TikTok, call the HSI Tipline at 1-877-4-HSI-TIP. The public can also contact [email protected].

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case. Preuschl was placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, and a trial date has not yet been set.