Sturgis motorcycle rally predator condemned

RAPID CITY, SD (Dakota News Now) – A New York man was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week in connection with an undercover sex-trafficking operation at the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

In addition to the 10 years in federal prison, Christopher Daly, 29, was sentenced to five years of supervised release after serving time in prison and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Victims of Crime Fund as well as $5,000. special assessment to the Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking.

Dall is also required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Dahl was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2021 for attempted commercial sex of a minor and attempted solicitation of a minor using the Internet. He pleaded guilty on August 19, 2022.

The arrest and charges were the result of an undercover sex-trafficking operation conducted during the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that targeted online predators.

The press release states that after numerous text messages with the confidential informant, Dahl negotiated a time and place where he would meet the 14-year-old girl for sex. In addition, Dahl agreed to pay an undercover person $250 for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

When Dall went to a pre-arranged location to meet with an undercover person, he was instead met by law enforcement agents and arrested, according to the United States Department of Justice.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and the Rapid City Police Department.

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