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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2014

Porcupine Man Indicted On Three Charges Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for three charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse.

Jaron Thunder Hawk, age 20, was indicted on January 22, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on January 27, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release.

The charges relate to Thunder Hawk engaging in sexual acts with three children under the age of twelve in 2012 and 2013.

The charges are merely accusations and Thunder Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich is prosecuting the case.

Thunder Hawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for April 1, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015