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

Monday, July 1, 2013

First Cousins From La Plant Charged With Incest

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a woman and a man from La Plant, South Dakota have been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Incest.

Nicholas White Eagle, age 26, and Fawn Lynn Scott, age 20, were indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2013. White Eagle and Scott appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 25 and 27, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred in April 2011 and February 2013 in La Plant. The charges are merely accusations and White Eagle and Scott are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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

White Eagle and Scott were released to third party custodians pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015