Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Flandreau, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.
Caley Studsdahl, age 24, was indicted on September 9, 2021. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on September 15, 2921, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to eight years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on April 21, 2020, Studsdahl forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with the Acting Chief of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties and said conduct involved physical contact.
The charge is merely an accusation and Studsdahl is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman is prosecuting the case.
Studsdahl was released on bond pending trial which has been set for November 23, 2021.