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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lower Brule Man Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Daniel Berry, age 25, was indicted on April 15, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 17, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between January 1, 2012, and January 31, 2012, Berry knowingly engaged in and attempted to engage in a sexual act with the victim, who had not attained the age of 16 years old.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

Berry was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015