United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child.
Daniel Briggs, age 28, was indicted on June 12, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 3, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years in custody up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges stem from an alleged incident that happened on or between December 4, 2010, and December 5, 2010, where Briggs sexually abused a child under the age of 12 in Eagle Butte. The charges are merely an accusation and Briggs is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.
Briggs was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial has been set for October 22, 2013.