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Former Tribal Official Convicted of 15 Counts of Sexual Abuse Crimes Involving Children, Fear & Force

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Quentin P. Bruguier, Jr., a/k/a “JB,” of Lake Andes, South Dakota, was convicted by a federal jury of fifteen counts of sexual abuse offenses involving children, fear, and force.  The jury returned the verdict on November 16, 2018.

According to the evidence presented at trial, between 1992 and 2016, Bruguier, who was a former Yankton Sioux Tribal Official, engaged in sexual acts with children.  Bruguier used fear, force, or both when perpetrating the sexual assaults.

For the most serious offenses, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 5 years and up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  For five of the counts of conviction, Bruguier faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years of imprisonment for each count.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Bruguier, age 55, is currently detained pending sentencing.  A sentencing date has been set for February 11, 2019.  

Updated November 20, 2018

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