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Agency Village Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Assault

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Agency Village, South Dakota, man has been charged with an Information for Assault by Striking, Beating, and Wounding; Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer; and Simple Assault.

Javier Arteaga, age 38, was charged on January 22, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Veronica L. Duffy on February 25, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Information.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to one year in custody and/or a $100,000 fine, one year of supervised release, and up to $60 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Information alleges that on or about July 5, 2015, Arteaga unlawfully assaulted his spouse by striking, beating, and wounding her.  The Information also alleges that on or about November 4, 2015, Arteaga forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a law enforcement officer while the officer was employed by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Law Enforcement.  Arteaga is also alleged to have committed the offense of simple assault on his spouse on or about November 4, 2015.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Arteaga was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated March 1, 2016

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