By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former middle school teacher in Rapid City has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison in a child pornography case.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Hiipakka (HEE-pick-uh) pleaded guilty in April to attempting to entice underage boys into performing sex acts over Internet webcam connections.

Prosecutors allege Hiipakka, who taught at St. Thomas More Middle School, engaged in more than 1,000 sexual webcam conversations with underage boys and possessed more than 100,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children as young as 3 months old.

The judge who handed down the 25-year sentence Monday also ordered Hiipakka to serve life under federal supervised release, to register as a sex offender and to pay a $100 fine.

Hiipakka isn’t able to appeal the decision.



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