U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that James St. Cloud, age 31, of Lower Brule, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on April 11, 2012, and pled guilty to Count I of the Indictment that charged him with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The maximum penalty upon conviction is10 years' imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both, and a mandatory minimum period of supervised release of at least 5 years.
The conviction stems from the Defendant's failure to register as a sex offender. In 1999, St. Cloud was convicted on one count of aggravated sexual abuse. Under South Dakota law, St. Cloud is required to register bi-annually in May and November.
Upon his release from federal custody, St. Cloud filed his initial registration paperwork, acknowledging his duty to register on June 21, 2005. He signed and updated his registration 14 additional times, the last being November 29, 2010. St. Cloud failed to update is bi-annual registration during May 2011.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. 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 July 2, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.