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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

November 14, 2012
Contact: Aileen "Ace" Crawford
Public Information Officer

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man charged with Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consenting was sentenced on November 13, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Cody Dean High Elk, age 29, was sentenced to 72 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

High Elk was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 8, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on August 14, 2012.

The conviction arose from a September 2002 incident in Dupree, South Dakota, when High Elk sexually assaulted the victim at a time when the victim was incapable of appraising the nature of the sexual conduct and incapable of communicating the victim’s unwillingness to engage in the sexual act.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Law Enforcement Services conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.

High Elk was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.



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