McLaughlin Man Indicted for Three Counts of Sexual Abuse
February 7, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for three counts of Sexual Abuse.
Sheldon Ray Gerry, age 34, was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 8, 2011. Gerry appeared before United States Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on February 3, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges relate to an allegation that the defendant sexually abused a McLaughlin woman in January 2011. The charges are merely accusations, and Gerry is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Gerry was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.
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