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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Twin Buttes Man Found Guilty of Multiple Child Molestation Offenses

BISMARCK - United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on September 14, 2017, following a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted Lonnie Dale Spotted Bear, 73, of Twin Buttes, ND, on two Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, one Count of Attempted Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, and one Count of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child.

Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that, during a five-year period, Spotted Bear molested three girls, all of whom were under the age of twelve.  Specifically, Spotted Bear gained access to, isolated, and individually molested each of the girls.  Additionally, evidence at trial demonstrated that when Spotted Bear learned that two of his victims disclosed that he molested them, he attempted to intimidate and influence their guardians.

Sentencing for Lonnie Dale Spotted Bear has been scheduled for December 20, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., in Bismarck, ND.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan O'Konek prosecuted the case.

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Updated September 14, 2017