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Man convicted of trying to buy sex with 13-year-old at Sturgis rally has conviction upheld

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A man convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl for $150 during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has had his conviction upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals who determined he had a fair trial.

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A man convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl for $150 during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has had his conviction upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals who determined he had a fair trial.

Jerry Lane Golliher, 33, of Belle Fourche, S.D.,  was convicted in October of 2014 of commercial sex trafficking and sentenced in February of 2015 to 15 years in prison.

During the trial, the federal jury heard that Golliher negotiated online with an undercover agent posing as a “pimp” to engage in sexual acts with a 13-year-old in exchange for money.

Golliher argued in his appeal that his lawyer was ineffective and that U.S. District Court Judge Karen Schreier erred in refusing to admit evidence and by not allowing the jury to review trial testimony during deliberations.

The appeals court rejected all of the arguments.

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