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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bullhead Man Charged With Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Steven Whiteman, Jr., age 44, was indicted on July 15, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on August 15, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum period of supervised release of at least 5 years, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between May 9, 2014, and May 25, 2014, Whiteman, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration while residing in South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Whiteman was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for October 21, 2014.


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Updated June 22, 2015