States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Phillip Little Hoop, age 31, was indicted on January 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 24, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
On four separate incidents starting on or about September 1, 2013, until January 14, 2014, Little Hoop, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration.
The charge is merely an accusation and Little Hoop is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Mitchell Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.
Little Hoop was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.