United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Making False Statement to a Federal Agency.
Luke Two Eagle, age 19, was indicted on July 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Mark A. Moreno on August 1, 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, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about April 10, 2014, and April 30, 2014, Two Eagle engaged in a sexual act with a minor who had not attained the age of 16. On May 1, 2014, Two Eagle told a federal officer that the victim had left his residence, when he in fact knew this statement was not true.
The charge is merely an accusation and Two Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.
Two Eagle was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for September 23, 2014.