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US Attorney says Belle Fourche Man found guilty of commercial sex trafficking

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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A federal jury has found a 43-year-old Belle Fourche (FOOSH) man guilty of federal sex trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson James Eugene Larive Jr. faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in federal prison after being found guilty on Friday.

The conviction stems from Larive responding to a Craigslist advertisement posted by Division of Criminal Investigation undercover agents, which purported to offer young girls for sex.

Larive was one of nine men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of an undercover sex trafficking operation during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Following several emails with a person Larive believed to be associated with a 15-year old girl, he proceeded to negotiate the time and place they would meet. The contact was actually an undercover agent.

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