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Sex Trafficking Operation Results in Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Wednesday, August 16, 2017    
CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215   

PIERRE, S.D. -  Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations have conducted investigations into sex trafficking during the Motorcyle Rally.
 
“It is important that we protect our children with law enforcement operations that focus on removing sexual predators from our streets. Our operations continue to protect children and send a message that South Dakota is off-limits to anyone seeking to harm our children,” said Jackley.
 
“Despite the intense publicity and focus on human trafficking these past few years, these undercover operations serve as a somber reminder that some people will throw caution to the wind and succumb to their perverted instincts,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler. “I’m proud of the joint collaboration displayed by law enforcement and our united efforts to bring sex traffickers to justice.”
 
The investigation resulted in the following felony arrests and indictments for sex crimes:
 
Eric Carl Afrank, 22, Rapid City, SD, Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Joshua Aschwege, 33, Black Hawk, SD, Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor - 18 USC 1591(a) and 1594 (a) and Enticement of a Minor using the Internet USC 2422(b)

Donald Scott Baker, 45, Independence, MO, Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor - 18 USC 1591(a) and 1594 (a) and Enticement of a Minor using the Internet USC 2422(b)
 
Kevin J. Carney, 30, Portland CT, Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

Jimmy Rudy Custodio, 39, Edina MN, Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor - 18 USC 1591(a) and 1594 (a) and Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b)) 

Erik Glenn Dahlquist, 29, Rapid City, SD, Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor - 18 USC 1591(a) and 1594 (a) and Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b)) 

Abdurrahman Keskin, 26, Silvan, Turkey, Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b)) 
 
Carlocito Slim, 31, Lake Jackson, TX, Attempted Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor - 18 USC 1591(a) and 1594 (a) and Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b)) 

Daniel David Wasner, 31, St. Cloud, MN,  Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet (18 USC 2422(b))

The mandatory minimum penalty upon conviction for Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet is 10 years in prison, up to life imprisonment. For Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor under 14, the charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in federal prison and up to life imprisonment. If the minor is over 14 years of age, it is 10 years mandatory minimum. 

All these individuals are presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.
 
The cases are being federally prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins.

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