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

Friday, April 4, 2014

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Seth Carter, age 20, was indicted on February 12, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 2, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, at least 5 years up to life of supervised release, with a violation of a condition of release possibly resulting in 5 years of additional incarceration on any such revocation, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between December 4, 2013, and February 11, 2014, Carter, who was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and having entered, left, and resided in Indian country, knowingly failed to register and update his sex offender registration.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

Carter was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  Trial has been set for May 15, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015