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Mitchell men indicted in child sex trafficking case

Two Mitchell men have been charged in federal court with sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child.

Walter Jandreau and Timothy Bingham face between 15 years and life in federal prison if convicted of the charges.

Jandreau and Bingham were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday for allegedly profiting from making a juvenile female participate in a commercial sex act. They are scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Thursday at the United States District Court in Sioux Falls.

Jandreau was arrested on July 26 in Davison County for charges of manufacturing or possession of child pornography.

As of Thursday, Jandreau was confined in the Davison County Jail, and Bingham remains incarcerated in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, where he is serving a year-and-a-half-long sentence for possession of a controlled substance which began on Oct. 2.

Using force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause a juvenile to participate in a commercial sex act and benefiting from that commercial sex act is a federal offense punishable by up to life in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.

Using, persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit content, producing visual depictions of that conduct and mailing, shipping or transporting those visual depictions is punishable by 15 to 30 years in federal prison.