A Rapid City man was recently detained in North Dakota on a child pornography charge, but there are conflicting reports as to his current whereabouts.
Steven E. Carter, 46, has a Pennington County arrest warrant dated May 28 charging him with for one count of possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography, according to Pennington County court records. The warrant states that the charge is in connection with an image depicting 10- and 11-year-old topless minors.
The warrant calls for Carter to be held without bond.
Carter was detained in Stark County, North Dakota based on the warrant, according to Linda Splichal, that county's clerk of court.
Splichal said Carter originally attempted to fight extradition to South Dakota, but changed his mind a couple days later and signed an extradition waiver on May 31, allowing him to be taken back to Pennington County. North Dakota approved a transfer order on that day, according to court records.
The transfer order gave South Dakota law enforcement agents until June 10 to take custody of Carter. If no law enforcement came to claim him, Carter would be released on that date, according to those records.
A worker at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson, N.D., said their jail released Carter on June 10.
But a worker at the Pennington County Clerk of Courts on Friday afternoon confirmed that Carter's warrant was still active. And there was no record of Carter Friday evening on the Pennington County Jail inmate list.
Rapid City Police Department Capt. James Johns said he believes Carter is still in custody in North Dakota.
"It's my understanding that he's opposed to extradition," Johns said, adding that he checked the information with the warrants division in the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
A worker at the Pennington County State's Attorney Office said Deputy State's Attorney Gina Nelson is assigned to the case. Nelson could not be reached for comment.