A Sioux Falls man, who was found guilty of recording video of a sex act with a child at his girlfriend's home, was sentenced to jail by  United States District Judge Karen E. Schrier.

Terance Morice Highbull, 38, was sentenced to 25 years in custody, followed by 15 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Highbull pled guilty to the charges that were described in a statement provided by law authorities:

On or about February 9, 2015, officers from the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to a family dispute call at the home of Highbull’s girlfriend. While at the residence, a report of naked photographs on Highbull’s cell phone was made. Police seized the cell phone and began investigating the claims. Highbull had engaged in sexual contact with his girlfriend’s 13 year-old daughter and recorded it on his cell phone.

U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler is concerned for the children who fall victim to this abuse.

“Sexual exploitation of a child is among the most heinous crimes we prosecute. The actions of these sexual predators can alter a child’s life forever and steal their innocence during a crucial time in their formative years." Said Seiler. "The sentence handed down to Terance Highbull is indicative of the serious nature of these acts.”

Highbull was taken directly from the courtroom and placed in the custody of the  U.S. Marshals Service.


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