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Mission Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as Sex Offender

August 29, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on August 29, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange.  Keith Sun Bear, age 38, was sentenced to 15 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Sun Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2012, and pled guilty to the charge on July 2, 2012.

Sun Bear was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor on or about June 17, 2002.  The Court sentenced Sun Bear to 24 months’ imprisonment and also ordered that he must register as a sex offender.  On March 18, 2012, Sun Bear absconded from supervision of the Court and failed to register as a sex offender while he lived elsewhere, including residing on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.  He did not register as a sex offender from approximately March 18, 2012, to the time of his arrest in May 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.

Sun Bear was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.



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