Bullhead Man Charged With Sexual Abuse
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consent.
Cody Long Chase, age 36, was indicted on May 13, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate William D. Gerdes on May 20, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is any term of years up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum term of 5 years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on or about April 26, 2014, Long Chase engaged and attempted to engage in a sexual act with an adult female victim, who, at the time, was incapable of declining participation in and communicating an unwillingness to engage in the sexual act.
The charge is merely an accusation and Long Chase is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.
Long Chase was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.