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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blackfoot Man Indicted For Abusive Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Blackfoot, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Abusive Sexual Contact.

Ta-Sunka-Hinz Thunder Hawk, age 18, was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 30, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 3 years of custody; a $250,000 fine, or both; a minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release; a $100 special assessment; and restitution.

The charges relate to the alleged assault of a victim that occurred in La Plant, South Dakota in March of 2013. The charge is merely an accusation, and Thunder Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.

Thunder Hawk was released on bond pending sentencing. No trial date has been set.

Updated June 22, 2015