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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bullhead Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Child

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Edgar Yellow Earrings, age 51, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 16, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on October 31, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge stems from an allegation that between March 7, 2001, and July 21, 2003, in Bullhead, Yellow Earrings engaged in a sexual act with a child under the age of twelve.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

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


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