House sitter accused of downloading child pornography - KOTA Territory News

House sitter accused of downloading child pornography

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He was asked to house sit but what he watched instead on the family's computer now has him facing 10 years in prison
 
Nikolus Smith, 31, of Rapid City is accused of downloading images of child pornography, while house-sitting for a local family in June.

Prosecutors say the family had a young child in the home who was around the age of the kids depicted in the videos, but there's no proof Smith had any interaction with her. Smith's attorney, Robert Van Norman, claims the child was out of town and not in the home during the time in question.

Smith pleaded not guilty to one count of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography and faces ten years in prison if convicted.

Bond was initially set at $300,000, but Judge Thomas Trimble approved a reduction to $20,000 cash on Friday.
 
Smith will be back in court on November 2nd.

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