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

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

White River Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Nathan First In Trouble, age 34, of White River, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on September 16, 2013, and pled guilty to Count I of the Indictment that charged him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. 
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine and 5 years of supervised release.  Restitution and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund may also be ordered. 

Around April 13, 1998, First In Trouble was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in U.S. District Court and sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment.  He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.  During the time period of February to April of 2013, First In Trouble registered as a sex offender at his father’s residence in Mellette County.  However, he was not residing there.  He went to Pierre at some point in January of 2013 and started working and staying in Pierre until March of 2013 when he was arrested.  During the time he was working in Hughes County he should have properly registered as a sex offender, including updating his residence and his employment information.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case. 
First In Trouble was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing, which has been set for November 26, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015