Eagle Butte Man Indicted for Failing to Register as Sex Offender
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Michael Baca, age 32, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 16, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; three years of supervised release; and a $100 Special Assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charge relates to the alleged failure to register and update a registration between June 2010 and May 2011 as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after being convicted of a sex offense. The charge is merely an accusation, and Baca is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Baca was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.