United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that an Allen, South Dakota, man convicted of Enticement of a Minor and Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on July 6, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.
On the charge of Enticement of a Minor, Stacey Garnette, a/k/a Stacy Garnette, age 44, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. As to the charge of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Garnette was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The prison sentences are to be served concurrently.
Garnette was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2019. He pleaded guilty on January 3, 2022.
The conviction stems from Garnette, while employed at Red Cloud Indian School as a bus driver/mechanic, having an intimate relationship with a 14 year old female. Garnette used a cellular telephone to send messages to the juvenile female to induce her to engage in sexual activity.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.
Garnette was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.