News and Press Releases

belle fourche man indicted for failing to update
sexual offender registration

April 9, 2014
Contact: Ace Crawford

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Belle Fourche, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

John Lee McCleerey, age 61, was indicted on November 19, 2008.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on April 4, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that between July and November 2008, McCleerey failed to update his sexual offender registration as required.

The charge is merely an accusation and McCleerey is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.  

McCleerey was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.   A trial date has not been set.                        




Return to Top

The U.S. Attorneys Office

Stop Human Trafficking
2013 Annual Report

Stay Connected: Visit us on Twitter
United States Attorneys 225th Anniversary
The Office of U.S. Attorney
Community Prosecution Strategy

South Dakota Community Prosecution Strategy

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for
Federal, State, and Local
Law Enforcement Agencies.

Justice 101