Man arrested in Sturgis sex trafficking sting is sentenced to life in prison

A man arrested during an undercover sex trafficking operation during last year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been sentenced to life in prison.

The sentence was handed down in federal court last week to 43-year-old Vincent Alberto Barrios of Box Elder. He was convicted of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet, Attempted Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet, Receipt of Child Pornography, and Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography.

He received a life sentence on each Enticement charge and various sentences on the others, all to be served at the same time.

Barrios sent sexually explicit text messages to an under cover agent he believed was a 13-year-old girl. He negotiated a meeting and was arrested.

After a review of Barrios’ phone, law enforcement located a text message conversation with a local 14-year-old girl and child pornography.


May 2, 2024