Rapid City man sentenced for possession of child pornography
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man has been sentenced for possessing child pornography.
Matthew King Adkins, 48, was sentenced to five months in custody — which he has already served — and five years of supervised release.
Adkins was indicted by a federal jury in May of 2018 after it was discovered that between April 6, 2017 and April 21, 2017 he knowingly possessed images of child pornography on his computer. Some of the images included prepubescent minors. Law enforcement also found stories written by Adkins referencing sexual activity between children and adults.
Adkins pleaded guilty and was detained on January 4, 2019. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to a 2016 report by the Department of Justice, more than 10,500 victims depicted in child pornography have been identified by law enforcement since 2002. More than 26 million images and videos were reviewed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2015 alone.
Although child pornography is a global issue, the United States remains one of the largest producers and consumers of such content in the world, according to the international nonprofit Thorn. Child pornography is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S.
According to the Department of Justice, “Experts and victims agree that victims depicted in child pornography often suffer a lifetime of re-victimization by knowing the images of their sexual abuse are on the Internet forever. The children exploited in these images must live with the permanency, longevity, and circulation of such a record of their sexual victimization. This often creates lasting psychological damage to the child.”