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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Agency Village Man Charged with Six Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Six Counts of Abusive Sexual Contact

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 and Abusive Sexual Contact.

Kevin Lee Farmer, age 57, was indicted on July 20, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on July 30, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and up to $1,200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between April 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, and between March 10, 2009, and March 10, 2012, Farmer knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in sexual acts with two children who had not attained the age of 12.

The Indictment also alleges that between June 29, 2015, and June 28, 2016, as well as between March 10, 2009, and March 9, 2012, and between July 1, 2017, and July 31, 2017, Farmer knowingly engaged in and attempted to engage in sexual contacts with four juvenile victims, by using force against them, as well as threatening and placing them in fear of their lives.

The charges are merely accusation and Farmer is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

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

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Updated July 30, 2020