Pierre man sentenced to pay over 130K in restitution for child porn possession

PIERRE, S.D. — A Pierre man has been sentenced to less than five years in prison and ordered to pay over $130,000 in restitution for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

Prosecutors say David Foster, 36, will spend 57 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in May after officials found over 4,700 images of child pornography on his phone and more than 100 videos.

Foster was investigated after an agent with the Department of Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) initiated an undercover operation targeting chat rooms on Kik Messenger, an instant messaging app that’s been criticized for enabling child exploitation.

During the operation, the agent discovered a chat group called “No Limits” that involved multiple individuals capturing and sharing images and videos of child pornography and exploitation. One of the members of the group was identified as Foster, who was using the screen name “smartdguy.”

Foster was indicted in January of 2018. As part of his sentence, he’s been ordered to pay $130,500 in restitution to 18 different victims whose images were found on his phone and who were identified by the time of his sentencing. He’s also been ordered to pay a $5,000 assessment to the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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