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Ft. Thompson Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charge

March 27, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Kyle Ray Merritt, age 25, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on March 26, 2012, and pled guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The conviction stems from an incident in June 2008 when Merritt knowingly caused and attempted to cause a minor to engage in a sexual act. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for June 18, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.




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