Michael David Rivera, age 30, received a federal sentence of seven years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson. Rivera pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to receipt of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.
He also was ordered to pay $100 to the federal crime victims fund and $2,500 to the domestic trafficking victims fund.
The office of the U.S. attorney for the district of South Dakota, Randy Seiler, handled the prosecution after North Dakota’s office recused itself. Rivera was a deputy U.S. marshal who worked at the federal courthouse in Bismarck when he was arrested in June 2016.
Law enforcement officers had learned that Rivera allegedly was tape-recording women in stages of undress in fitting rooms and other spots in stores. After obtaining a search warrant for his apartment, vehicle and his person, law enforcement found 36 images of child pornography on his computer. They also found 52 videos of child pornography.
“The internet was used by Rivera to access visual depictions of minors engaging in
sexually explicit conduct,” according to the statement issued Thursday morning from Seiler’s office.