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

Friday, April 19, 2013

St. Francis Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Patrick Black Spotted Horse, age 23, of St. Francis, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on April 16, 2013 and pled guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; life of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

The Defendant was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor on December 7, 2009. The Court sentenced Black Spotted Horse to 40 months’ imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release and also ordered that he must register as a sex offender. On October 12, 2012, Black Spotted Horse began his term of supervised release but eventually absconded from a treatment facility and did not properly register as a sex offender. On December 22, 2012 Black Spotted Horse was arrested on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshal Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Maher.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for May 29, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015