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Eagle Butte Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Lawrence Oakie, age 34, was indicted on April 13, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on May 16, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, no less than five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

It is alleged that sometime between August 28, 2015, and August 31, 2015, Oakie knowingly engaged and attempted to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12 at a home in Todd County, South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Oakie was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated May 23, 2016

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