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Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

BISMARCK - Acting U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on July 30, 2015, Donald Clark Luger a.k.a. Jody Luger, 64, Fort Yates, ND, was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve 11 ½ years in prison for aggravated sexual assault by force. Judge Erickson also sentenced Luger to five years supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

On Nov. 21, 2014, Luger was found guilty after a four-day jury trial of Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force. The incident took place in Fort Yates in 1997. Luger sexually assaulted a minor between the age of twelve and sixteen. The victim was the child of an individual with which Luger was engaged in a dating relationship with. During the investigation of the matter several other victims were identified that had been previously assaulted by Luger in a similar fashion, however, due to the statute of limitations the United States was unable to charge Luger for those assaults. Two of the prior victims testified at trial as propensity witnesses.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs – Standing Rock Agency.

Assistant U. S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.

Updated July 31, 2015

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