Ft. Thompson Man Arraigned on Sexual Abuse Charges
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Ft. Thompson man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact.
Dakota Red Bear a/k/a Cody Red Bear, age 25, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 10, 2011. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 24, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment on the sexual abuse of a child charge, and three years of imprisonment on the aggravated sexual abuse charge.
The indictment states that Red Bear did knowingly cause and attempt to cause a child under the age of 16 to engage in a sexual act in October and November of 2010. The charges are merely accusations, and Red Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case. Red Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.