Two men found guilty on sex crimes charges against minors stemming from Sturgis Rally sting operations
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two men have been found guilty of sex crimes charges against minors stemming from sting operations conducted during 2017 and 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies.
Arizona resident Carlocito Slim, age 35, was found guilty on March 10 of Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor and Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet during the 2017 Sturgis Rally. In multiple text messages with a person Slim believed was a pimp for a 15-year-old female prostitute – but who was instead an undercover agent – he negotiated a time and place to meet to engage in unlawful sex acts. Upon arriving at the pre-determined location, he was met with law enforcement and taken into custody.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Slim has been remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and a sentencing date has not been set.
Rapid City resident Jonathan Andrew Whitney, age 34, was sentenced on March 12 to 15 years in federal prison and five years supervised release for Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
During the 2019 Sturgis Rally, Whitney, a previously-convicted sex offender, was arrested following multiple, sexually-explicit chats he exchanged with an undercover agent pretending to be a 15-year-old girl. After setting up a meeting with the minor, Whitney was placed under arrest.
The investigation was conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Whitney was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service following sentencing, and will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.