United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Sheldon St. John, age 47, of Fort Thompson, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on September 7, 2011, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Sheldon St. John was convicted in federal court for the District of South Dakota for Abusive Sexual Contact. After being released from custody, St. John was on supervised release for three years. During that time, St. John absconded from Glory House in Sioux Falls on February 12, 2010.
St. John was aware that, under federal law, he has to register quarterly for the rest of his life. He was aware that if he moved, under state law, he has to register within five days of relocating; three days under federal law. After he absconded from Glory House, St. John failed to update his sex offender registration to reflect any places of residence or employment. He was arrested on March 30, 2010, by Bureau of Indian Affairs officers in Ft. Thompson.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 29, 2011. St. John was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.