May 20, 2022
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Elk Point Man Charged with Production of Child Pornography

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

Hector Paulin-Torres, age 33, was indicted on March 1, 2022. He appeared before  U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 16, 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 on or about September 18, 2021, Paulin-Torres  knowingly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor female to  engaged in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions,  knowing such depictions would be transported in interstate or foreign commerce or  mailed, and such visual depictions would be produced by any means, including by  computer 

The charge is merely an accusation and Paulin-Torres is presumed innocent until  and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigation, the Elk  Point Police Department, and the Vermillion Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney  Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.  

Paulin-Torres was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending  trial which has not been set yet.

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