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

Monday, March 24, 2014

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

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

Denver Spotted Horse, age 30, was indicted on March 11, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 17, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum period of at least 5 years of supervised release, with a violation of a condition of release possibly resulting in 2 years of additional incarceration on any such revocation, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between July 1, 2013, and March 11, 2014, Spotted Horse, who had a prior sexual assault conviction in Minnesota, knowingly failed to register and update his registration while he was living on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015