Fort Yates Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse Charges
BISMARCK – First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim announced that Donald Clark Luger, a/k/a Jody Luger, 62, Fort Yates, N.D., was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2013 and is charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, abusive sexual contact and child abuse in Indian country.
Luger appeared in U.S. District Court in Bismarck on May 30, 2013, for an initial appearance and arraignment. Luger entered not guilty pleas to the charges. Luger is currently being detained by the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial on this matter. Trial is currently scheduled for July 23, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., in U.S. District Court in Bismarck.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs - Standing Rock Agency.
Jordheim stressed that an indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme is prosecuting the case.