Men sentenced for attempted sex trafficking and child pornography

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two men have been sentenced for crimes dating back to separate undercover operations conducted during Sturgis Motorcycle Rallys.

Zam Lian Mung, 30, was one of seven men who were arrested and indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. During the operation, Mung was communicating with an agent he believed was associated with a 15-year-old girl, and attempted to arrange a meeting to engage in sexual acts with the minor.

Mung was convicted of attempted commercial sex trafficking of children and attempted enticement of a minor using the Internet. After his 10 years in prison, Mung will be under supervised release for five years.

Also sentenced was 32-year-old Kevin Carney of Colchester, Connecticut. Carney was one of nine men arrested and indicted after an operation conducted during the 2017 rally. Carney was communicating with an agent he believed to be a minor, and requested that they send pornographic images to Carney.

Carney was sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised released for attempted receipt of child pornography.

The undercover operations 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted both cases.

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