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Pine Ridge Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

November 22, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly failing to register as a convicted sex offender in Pennington County in 2011. He was also indicted for allegedly assaulting another man with his feet and a tire iron at Oglala on July 20, 2010.

James Bear Robe, age 25, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 18, 2011, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and also for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Bear Robe appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on November 14, 2011, and pleaded not guilty to the indictments. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine for each of the charges. The charges are merely accusations, and Bear Robe is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, and the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Heather Thompson is prosecuting the case.

Bear Robe was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.




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