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Eagle Butte Man Sentenced on Multiple Charges

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child and Failure to Appear was sentenced on September 21, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Theodore Taylor, Jr. a/k/a “Tedder”, age 35, was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury for the Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child on May 14, 2019, and on October 16, 2019, for the Failure to Appear.  He pled guilty to both charges on July 7, 2020.

The Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child conviction stemmed from multiple incidents between 2013 and 2016, on the Cheyenne River Reservation, when Taylor knowingly engaged in and attempted to engage in sexual contact with a child who had not attainted the age of 12 years. 

The Failure to Appear conviction stemmed from August 17, 2019, when Taylor was ordered to report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for violating the terms and conditions of his release on bond, and knowingly failed to do so. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

Taylor was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 27, 2020

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