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Canadian man sent to prison after sex sting at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 35-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was arrested in an undercover sex sting at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Alexandros Thymaras, of Calgary,  must also pay a $1,000 fine and a $5,000 special assessment to victims of trafficking fund. He was sentenced last Friday, Jan. 19, in federal court in Rapid City.

Thymaras was one of five men who were arrested and federally indicted as a result of  the undercover sex trafficking operation conducted during the 75th anniversary of the rally in 2014 that targeted persons willing to pay to have sex with underage girls. All five men were indicted for commercial sex trafficking.

The conviction stemmed from Thymaras responding to a Craigslist.com advertisement posted by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation undercover agents, which purported to offer young girls for sex. Following several messages with a person Thymaras believed to be associated with a 15-year-old girl, but who was in fact an undercover agent, he proceeded to negotiate the time and place they would meet, along with the price he would pay, which was $70.

Thymaras was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service.