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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bonesteel Woman Charged With Child Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bonesteel, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Child Abuse.

Maria Janis, age 35, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2013.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 11, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation and Janis is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case.   

Janis was released to a third party custodian pending trial.  A trial date has been set for August 13, 2013.


Updated June 22, 2015