FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit Makes Arrests
PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley, United States Attorney Brendan Johnson, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jergeris and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom announce that the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Rapid City ICAC Task Force have conducted investigations into sex trafficking at the Sturgis Rally. The investigation resulted in the following felony arrests for sex crimes:
Alexandros Thymaras, 32, Calgary, Alberta Canada
Phillip Holden, 23, Alliance, Nebraska
Timithy Fielding, 50, Centerville, Pennsylvania
Robert Clyde, 65, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Walter Curaba, 44, Glendora, California
There was one additional arrest made, but final charging decisions are pending.
All these individuals are presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.
"Local, state and federal law enforcement authorities have completed another motorcycle rally operation preventing the sexual exploitation of children. These efforts have resulted in the apprehension of 6 individuals," said Jackley.
"South Dakota's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit continues to be a national leader in protecting children and we are grateful for their effort during the Rally," said Johnson.
"Combating sex crimes in our communities continues to be a priority for area law enforcement. We appreciate the partnership between DCI, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and the Rapid City Police Department, which makes investigations like this possible," said Chief Jegeris.
The Attorney General’s Office would like to extend its appreciation to the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the federal authorities for their efforts and continued cooperation.