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Pine ridge man sentenced for abusive sexual contact with a minor

December 19, 2013
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor was sentenced on December 16, 2013, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Archie Backward, age 22, was sentenced to 14 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Backward pled guilty to the charge on August 26, 2013.  The charge related to Backward engaging in sexual contact with a minor female on November 6, 2012, at Pine Ridge.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.
Backward was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



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