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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 9, 2015

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Child

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children.

Leonard Rondeau, age 39, was indicted on February 11, 2015. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 17, 2015, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Restitution may also be ordered.
 
The Indictment alleges that between April 11, 2003, and December 22, 2005, Rondeau engaged in, or attempted to engage in, a sexual act with two different children under the age of 12.

The charges are merely an accusation and Rondeau is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. 
  
Rondeau was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.


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Updated June 22, 2015