Spearfish man pleads not guilty to sex crime

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – A Spearfish man Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attempted enticement of a minor.

Nicholaus Tripp, 28, reportedly used the internet to attempt to have sex with a minor. He was arrested Dec. 23.

Tripp has been detained pending trial; which is set for Feb. 28, 2017.

Tripp could spend anywhere from 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

The investigation was conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Police Department, Spearfish Police Department and Homeland Security.