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District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Agency Village Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Agency Village, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Sylanus Flute, age 23, was indicted on February 6, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on February 13, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years and up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

According to the Indictment, between February and April of 2017, Flute engaged in sexual acts with a juvenile female.  To perpetrate the sexual assault, Flute used force.

The charges are merely accusations and Flute is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Flute was ordered detained pending trial.  A trial date has been set for April 17, 2018.

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Updated March 3, 2018