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No state charge for billionaire Sanford in child porn probe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general's office has declined to file charges against billionaire T. Denny Sanford following an investigation into possible possession of child pornography, saying it found no “prosecutable offenses” within the state's jurisdiction, according to a court document filed Friday.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general’s office has declined to file charges against billionaire T. Denny Sanford following an investigation into possible possession of child pornography, saying it found no “prosecutable offenses” within the state’s jurisdiction, according to a court document filed Friday.

Highlights

  • South Dakota attorney general’s office has declined to file charges against Sanford following an investigation into possible possession of child pornography, saying it found no “prosecutable offenses” within the state’s jurisdiction.
  • The investigation was first reported in 2020 by ProPublica and the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
  • The 86-year-old Sanford is worth an estimated $3.4 billion.
  • He made a fortune as the founder of First Premier Bank in South Dakota, which is known for issuing high-interest credit cards to those with poor credit.
  • Sanford has donated billions to hospitals, universities and charities.
  • He said in 2016 that he wanted his fortune to have a positive impact on children after his hardscrabble childhood