UPDATE: Sideras Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge


Former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

Sideras was arrested in May 2017.  Jury selection in his trial was scheduled to start on Monday; instead, Sideras changed his plea.

The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney says the other nine charges will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.

Sideras could face up to 10 years in prison.

9:21 a.m.

Rather than face trial, it appears former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras will change his plea.  He faces child pornography charges following his arrest in May 2017.

A trial for Sideras was scheduled to start with jury selection on Monday.  The South Dakota court system website now shows it a change of plea hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m.

KELOLAND’s Brady Mallory is in the courtroom; we’ll update this story with new information as details are confirmed. 

6:10 a.m.

Former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras goes on trial this week facing child pornography charges.

Jury selection begins Monday.

Last week, Sideras’ attorney filed new paperwork in the case.

He wants to present what’s called “third-party perpetrator evidence,” so he can show jurors that somebody hacked into Sideras’ computer.

The judge will decide whether to allow the evidence.

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