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Red Scaffold Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

April 2, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Red Scaffold, South Dakota, man has been charged by Information with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Kermit Oris Bear Stops, age 51, made an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 30, 2012. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Bear Stops waived his preliminary hearing and the matter was bound over for trial.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Bear Stops is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson. Bear Stops was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.




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