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Pine Ridge man sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

October 31, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on October 25, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.         

Derek Black Elk, age 25, was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The conviction stems from an incident in March 2009 at a home in Pine Ridge when Black Elk engaged in a sexual act with a girl under the age of 16.  Black Elk was indicted in September 2012 and pled guilty to the charge on March 20, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.
Black Elk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.








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