(SD)-2-1/2 Years In 2014 Sturgis Rally Sex Trafficking Sting
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Canadian man arrested as part of an undercover sex trafficking sting during the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $6,100 in fines and fees.
35-year-old Alexandros Thymaras of Calgary had pleaded guilty to commercial sex trafficking for trying to arrange for sex with a teenage girl.
U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons says Thymaras was one of 5 men arrested as part the investigation targeting persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls obtained through the Internet.
Thymaras responded to a Craigslist.com advertisement posted by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation undercover agents offering young girls for sex and exchanged several messages with a person he thought as associated with a 15 year-old girl, but was in fact an undercover agent.
Thymaras negotiated the time and place they would meet and the price he would pay, which was $70. He was arrested when he showed up for the agreed upon meeting.
The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the FBI, DCI, the Dept of Homeland Security, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
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