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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Belle Fourche Man Indicted For Failing To Update Sexual Offender Registration

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Belle Fourche, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

John Lee McCleerey, age 61, was indicted on November 19, 2008.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 4, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that between July and November 2008, McCleerey failed to update his sexual offender registration as required.

The charge is merely an accusation and McCleerey is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.  

McCleerey was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.   A trial date has not been set.                        

Updated June 22, 2015