United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson man charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on November 29, 2011, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Sheldon St. John, age 47, was sentenced to 10 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund. The 10 months of custody is to be served concurrently with a 12 month sentence St. John received in April 2011 for violating supervised release.
St. John was indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2011. He had previously been convicted in federal court of 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, and 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 Fort Thompson. He pled guilty to the indictment on September 7, 2011.
This case was investigated by the United States Marshal's Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
St. John was immediately turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal to begin serving this sentence.