United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consenting, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and Kidnapping.
Patrick Brown Thunder, age 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2011, for Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consenting, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and Kidnapping. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 29, 2011, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges are the result of a March 2008 incident near Dupree involving a 14-year-old minor. The charges are merely accusations, and Brown Thunder is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Brown Thunder was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.