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Harley rider to lose motorcycle, iPhone after Sturgis sex sting involving young girl


This news story was published on March 15, 2014.
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MINNEAPOLIS – A US attorney announced this week that a Texas man entangled in a sex trafficking sting operation at a major motorcycle rally has pled guilty to commercial sex trafficking.

Timothy Charles Gravens, age 54, of Grapevine, Texas, appeared before Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court, on March 12, 2014, and entered his guilty plea.

The maximum sentence for this charge is a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in federal prison, up to a maximum of life in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine. The guilty plea will also result in the forfeiture of Gravens’ 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle and his Apple iPhone 4s, which he used to negotiate a commercial sex act.

Gravens was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of a sex trafficking undercover operation conducted during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, targeting persons wanting to have sex with underage girls. All nine men were indicted for commercial sex trafficking.

“This conviction is further proof that we take sex trafficking very seriously in South Dakota,” said US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson. “Gravens came to Sturgis for a good time, thought he would have illegal sex with a child, and then just return home to his life in Texas. Instead, he became a poster child for sex trafficking felons, and will spend at least the next 15 years in a federal prison.”

The conviction stems from last summer’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, when Gravens responded to a Craigslist.com advertisement which purported to offer young girls for sex. Gravens chose a 13-year-old girl and negotiated the arrangements with the undercover agent, including the price he was willing to pay to have sex with the young girl. When Gravens went to pick up the girl at the pre-determined location, he was instead met by law enforcement agents and placed under arrest.

Of the nine original defendants, five have pled guilty. One has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, and the other four await sentencing. The remaining four are scheduled for trial.

The undercover operation and arrests were a joint effort between the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Rapid City Police Department, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins is prosecuting the cases.

Gravens was returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.

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8 Responses to Harley rider to lose motorcycle, iPhone after Sturgis sex sting involving young girl

  1. Philosophus Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Figures. Anyone who would ride around with obnoxiously loud tailpipes harassing and terrorizing civilian populations is capable of rape, sex trafficking, violence and more. They have a lack of disregard for life and communities. I hope more of them are rounded up and imprisoned. Sick of the lies being justified and supported by the police who protect them.

    • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      “I mean seriously, what’s with you people and jail? You always have a hard-on to put someone in jail, or execute them. Are your lives that boring?”

      Hello Mr. Hypocrite….. Or should I address you as Mr. Steer??? 🙂

      • Philosophus Reply Report comment

        March 17, 2014 at 6:33 am

        Buzz, police do NOTHING to enforce the laws that are on the books: Disorderly Conduct: Thou shall not make any loud or raucous noise in the vicinity of any home… Mufflers Prevention of Noise: AT all times shall a motor vehicle possess a muffler in good working order to prevent excessive and unusual noise. Were police to impound the vehicles and force mufflers to be put on them, the riders wouldn’t need jailing. Plus smoking pot isn’t noisy and doesn’t reach through walls of homes.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          March 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

          Pot smoking is ILLEGAL. Why is that so hard for your little brain to understand.

        • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

          March 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

          Phus….Well get off your lazy a*s and make a citizens arrest. Enforce the law yourself. Hell, If Dog the Bounty Hunter can do it, I’m sure you can too. Besides, once you start yapping and they figure out how smart you really are, things will happen.

          • LVS

            March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

            @Buzz-I sure wish Philly would try to arrest me when I go by on my new Harley with the loud pipes. He would just be a grease spot in the middle of the road.

          • Buzz Crumcutter

            March 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

            LVS….Yeah I’d pay good money to watch that show!

  2. USMCSSG Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Dirt bag, cut his fricken nuts off and make him eat them. OUCH