South African man sentenced for crimes committed during 2016 Sturgis Rally sex trafficking operation
PIERRE, S.D. – A South African man has been sentenced for Transportation of Obscene Matter as a result of a 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally undercover sex trafficking operation that targeted internet predators. Andries Snyman, age 45, pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to time served on Friday, Oct. 4.
Snyman was arrested after several chats and texts were exchanged between Snyman and a person he believed to be a 14-year-old boy, but was, in fact, an undercover agent. Snyman arranged a date and time to meet the boy to have sex. According to the release provided by the Department of Justice, District of South Dakota today, Snyman also asked for details about parts of the boy’s physical appearance, which constituted obscene and lewd writing. Upon arrival at the predetermined location to fulfill the request for sex from a minor, Snyman was instead met by law enforcement and placed under arrest.
The undercover operation resulted in ten men arrested and federally indicted, Snyman being one of them. This operation was a joint effort between SD Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s office.
Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, US District Court sentenced Snyman to time served.