Sioux Falls Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Suspect reportedly locked a 17-year-old in his house before arrest

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars after a 17-year-old girl reported seeing child porn on his electronics when she was locked inside his house.

Police say a 17-year-old victim went to Steven Christopher Clancey’s home in the 1100 block of West 8th Street to charge her phone on Tuesday. Police say Clancey, 32, an acquaintance to the victim, locked the door to his home and refused to let her leave. While in the home, the victim told police she saw child porn on his phone as well as on his computer.  She was able leave the residence after being locked inside for hours when she convinced Clancey to go on a walk with her. She was then able to escape and called police from another location.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence, discovered multiple files containing child porn Thursday, and arrested Clancey at the scene. There, prosecutors say, he admitted to downloading and possessing upwards of 1,000 images of young girls… some as young as six years old. Prosecutors also say that Clancey admitted to officers, after his Miranda Rights were read, that he understood that looking at these images were bad and wrong. He also admitted to police that he would steal children’s underwear instead of “going out and doing something bad” such as sexual assault or rape of a child.

Prosecutors in court Friday afternoon also said that Steven Clancey threatened to kill the reporting party and her boyfriend and threatening self harm. Defense says that Clancey maintains that he and the 17 year old girl were in a relationship, did not harm her and does not have a violent history.

Sioux Falls Police, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal of Investigation continue investigate and are still in the process of a forensic examination. At this time, police say they believe the files were downloaded and that Clancey did not manufacture them himself.

Clancey has been charged with one count of  possession/manufacturing/distribution of child pornography, a class four felony with a maximum punishment of up to ten years in the state penitentiary, a $20,000 fine or both. False imprisonment as well as possession of marijuana – less than 2 ounces, both class one misdemeanors with a maximum punishment of up to a year in county jail, a $2,000 fine or both. Clancey is also charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class two misdemeanor with a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Clancey’s bond has been set at $25,000 cash or surety and is to have no contact with minors 18 years or younger.

 

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