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Mitchell man sentenced to 17.5 years for exploiting female minor

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SIOUX FALLS — A Mitchell man convicted of sexual exploitation of a child was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Walter “Wally” Joseph Jandreau, age 36, was sentenced to 210 months, or 17.5 years, in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100. Jandreau was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 6, 2018. He pleaded guilty on July 25.

The conviction stemmed from July 2018, when Jandreau knowingly coerced a female minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct with him, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct, U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said.

While the sexually explicit conduct was occurring, Jandreau used his cell phone to take pictures and produced them using materials that had been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, including a computer.

“This defendant engaged in truly despicable conduct,” Parsons said. “He deserves every minute of every day of the long federal prison sentence issued to him by the court.”

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Jandreau was indicted with Timothy Bingham, also of Mitchell, who is scheduled to be sentenced for one count of conspiracy sex trafficking in January. According to a factual basis statement filed earlier this month in Bingham's case, Bingham gave Jandreau methamphetamine in exchange for a sexual act with the minor.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case. Jandreau was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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