United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Child Abuse and Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender.
Kyle White Bull, age 27, was indicted on June 10, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on June 24, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $400 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about April 16, 2014, White Bull abused, exposed, tortured, tormented and cruelly punished three juveniles, as well as committed a domestic assault. At the time of the assault, White Bull had at least two separate prior convictions for assaults that were against a spouse or intimate partner.
The charges are merely accusations and White Bull is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
White Bull was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.