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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child

March 6, 2014
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child was sentenced on March 4, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.       

Austin Wade Bissonette, age 25, was sentenced to 144 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bissonette was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2013, and pled guilty to Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child on December 11, 2013.      

The conviction arose from an incident that occurred in Eagle Butte between August 2009 and August 2010, when Bissonette would babysit the victim and her two brothers at his mother’s residence.  While the victim was in Bissonette’s care and custody, he sexually abused and had sexual contact with the 7-year old child victim.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Bissonette was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.




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