Ex-deputy U.S. marshal sentenced for child porn

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.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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