Colorado man sentenced to 3 years following Sturgis Rally sex sting
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Colorado man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for attempted possession of child pornography.
Noah Schottenstein, 30, was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The sting targeted people that were willing to pay to have sex with underage girls or boys obtained through the Internet.
Court documents say that Schottenstein communicated with someone he believed to be a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts. Additionally, he requested the minor send him child pornography images of herself.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office.
Schottenstein is sentenced to 5 years of supervised release following his three years in prison and has been ordered to pay $5,000 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. He was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.