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Bullhead Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on December 12, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

William Left Hand, age 31, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Left Hand was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 15, 2014.  He pled guilty on September 12, 2016.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on the night of February 22, 2012, when the victim received a telephone call from Left Hand, who invited her over to his mother’s house to play dice and socialize.  The victim agreed and Left Hand came to pick her up. 

As the evening continued, Left Hand started making advances towards the victim that made her feel uncomfortable.  Left Hand eventually asked the victim if they were going to “hook up” that night.  Left Hand then tried to hug the victim, who pushed him away.  He then asked the victim if they were just going to be friends, and the victim replied yes. Left Hand and the victim, along with others, continued to socialize.  Later in the evening, despite knowing how the victim felt, Left Hand proceeded to touch the victim’s breasts and genitalia, without her permission.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Left Hand was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated December 18, 2016

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