United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Loren Running Horse, a/k/a Boe Running Horse, age 43, of Ideal, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on October 22, 2013, and pled guilty to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, False Statement, and Simple Assault of an Individual Under the Age of 16.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 16 years in custody and/or a $600,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $225 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
On June 6, 1998, Running Horse was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. As a result of that conviction, Running Horse was ordered to register as a sex offender and was aware of his duty to do so. However, between February 4 and March 4, 2013, Running Horse was living in various locations on Rosebud, and during that time he failed to register as a sex offender. Running Horse was apprehended in Todd County on March 4, 2013. On March 5, 2013, Running Horse told a federal officer that he did not relocate to Rosebud until March 4, when in fact knew this statement to be false. Running Horse relocated to the Rosebud Reservation on or about January 2, 2013.
The assault charge stems from an incident that happened on or between January 19 and 24, 2013, while Running Horse was residing at a home in Rosebud where the victim was also living. Running Horse assaulted the minor victim by pushing him. The victim was 13 years old at the time of the simple assault.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for January 13, 2014. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.