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Fort Thompson Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child

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


United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child by Force.

Caleb Lewis Thompson, age 31, was indicted on March 15, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 24, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years in custody and/or a $750,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between August 1, 2013, and May 31, 2015, Thompson knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in a sexual act with a minor female, as well as knowingly caused, and attempted to cause another minor female to engage in sexual contact.

The charges are merely accusations and Thompson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Creek Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated April 1, 2016