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Wakpala Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Gerard Deshauquette, a/k/a Gerard Desheuquette, age 22, of Wakpala, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on April 30, 2012, and pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The conviction arose from an incident between November 2009 and November 2011 in Wakpala in which Deshauquette sexually assaulted a child. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for July 30, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.




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