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Eagle Butte Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

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

Elliot Robert Blue Coat, age 45, was indicted on November 9, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 16, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is ten years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that Blue Coat, a person required to register as a sex offender by reason of a conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration between July 16, 2021, and September 16, 2021, while living in Mobridge, South Dakota. 

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

The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Marshals Service, Mobridge Police Department, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Corson County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated November 18, 2021

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