PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley confirms that Dr. John Coddington, 74, a physician in Hoven, SD, was arrested in North Dakota today. Coddington is charged in Potter County, South Dakota, with five counts of possession of child pornography. Possession of child pornography is a Class 4 Felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration and/or a $20,000 fine. Bond has been set at $20,000 cash only with the condition that Dr. Coddington have no contact with anyone under age of 18. The case is being prosecuted by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. Dr. Coddington is innocent until proven guilty.
Individuals with information or concerns associated with this investigation are asked to contact Potter County Sheriff Alan McClain at 605.765.9405.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
CONTACT: Paige Wilbur, (605) 773-3215