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9 indicted for commercial sex trafficking at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Nine men have been indicted on commercial sex trafficking charges after an undercover operation at the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson issued a news release stating the men were indicted for allegedly negotiating with law enforcement agents posing as pimps and agreed to pay for sex with underage girls ranging from 12-15 years of age.

The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, FBI, Rapid City Police Department, and Pennington County Sheriff's office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the cases.

The arrests were made through investigations by the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Five of the defendants are from South Dakota, and four are from out-of-state: Jerry Lane Golliher, 31, of Rapid City, S.D; Eric D. Murphy, 27, of Rapid City, S.D.; John Miller, 24, of Rapid City, S.D.; Michael Francis Fox Jr., 43, of Owings Mills, Md.; Scott B. Falk, 29, of Kenai, Alaska; Timothy Charles Gravens, 54, of Grapevine, Texas; Miguel Angel Aguilar, 19, of Brighton, Colo.; James Eugene Larive Jr., 42, of Belle Fourche, S.D.; and Curtis Ray Austin, 20, of Rapid City, S.D.

Falk, Fox, Gravens and Aguilar are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and were scheduled to make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Rapid City on Wednesday. The remaining defendants will be taken into federal custody and will be making an initial appearance at a future date.

The crime of Commercial Sex Trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10-15 years in prison up to a life maximum, and/or a $250,000 fine. The mandatory minimum prison sentence is determined by the age of the victim.

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