Sioux Falls woman facing two federal child pornography charges
The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Sioux Falls Police Department, and could result in a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison.
SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls woman is facing as many as four decades in federal prison after allegedly uploading and viewing online pornographic imagery involving children.
Asha Graystone, 33, pleaded not guilty on Thursday, May 18, to one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of accessing with intent to view child pornography. The plea comes in response to an indictment from a federal grand jury earlier this month.
The indictment alleges that on July 5, 2022, Graystone knowingly uploaded graphic images and videos depicting one or more minors engaged in sexually explicit activity to a website. Then, between Jan. 11 and March 29, 2023, she used her phone to view images of child pornography.
Though Graystone’s next appearance at the U.S. District Courthouse in Sioux Falls has not yet been set, she faces up to 40 years in federal prison and fines of $250,000, plus life of supervised release and the possibility of restitution.
The investigation is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Sioux Falls Police Department.
Graystone was previously convicted of two counts of possessing child pornography in Minnehaha County in March 2021.