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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 25, 2013

Blackfoot Man Sentenced For Simple Assault And Abusive Sexual Contact With A Child

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man from Blackfoot, South Dakota, convicted of Simple Assault and Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child was sentenced on October 23, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Ta-Sunka-Hinz Thunder Hawk, age 18, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $110 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Thunder Hawk was indicted by a federal grand jury on two separate cases, and on July 23, 2013, Thunder Hawk pled guilty to Simple Assault in the first case and to Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child in the second case.

In the first case, Thunder Hawk went into a room at the Tiospaye Topa High School in March of 2013 and grabbed a female school employee in a bear hug.  The victim was forced to struggle in order to get free. 

In the second case, in March 2013, Thunder Hawk had sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 at a residence near Blackfoot.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division conducted the investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Thunder Hawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015