United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Patrick Scott Pomani, age 33, was indicted on July 17, 2013, for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Pomani appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 5, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum period of at least 5 years up to life of supervised release, with a violation of a condition of release possibly resulting in 2 years of additional incarceration; and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
If Pomani commits a new felony violation of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other abuse of children, transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes, kidnapping, or sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion while on supervised release he may be incarcerated for a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life for each violation.
The charge is merely an accusation, and Pomani is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The Indictment charges that Pomani failed to register as a sex offender between the 1st day of October, 2012 and the 23rd day of January, 2013, as well as between the 28th day of April, 2013 and the 16th day of July 2013.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
Pomani was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has been set for September 24, 2013.