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Wakpala Man Arraigned on Sexual Abuse Charges

October 30, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse and two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact.

Adrian Bryce Spotted Horse, age 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2012. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gerdes on October 25, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction of the sexual abuse charge is any term of years up to life imprisonment. The maximum penalty on the sexual contact charges is 10 years' custody. Penalties on all charges include a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory minimum term of not less than 5 years up to life of supervised release. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges are merely accusations, and Spotted Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case. Spotted Horse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.



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