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Dupree Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact with a Person Incapable of Consenting

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Dupree, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Contact with a Person Incapable Of Consenting. The sentencing took place on June 12, 2023.

Floyd Traversie, age 21, was sentenced to three years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Traversie was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2021. He pleaded guilty on March 27, 2023.

The conviction stems from conduct that occurred between June 15, 2020, and June 30, 2020, at a residence in rural Ziebach County within the Cheyenne River Reservation. Traversie engaged in sexual contact with a 17-year-old female, who at the time was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of declining participation in and communicating an unwillingness to engage in the sexual contact, knowing that the victim was incapacitated. 

This case was investigated by the and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services  and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Traversie was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 15, 2023

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