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Fort Thompson Man Sentenced to 102 Months in Federal Prison for Sexual Abuse

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man was sentenced in Pierre federal court on August 17, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Devon Wayne Saul, age 27, was sentenced to 102 months in federal prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Saul was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

According to court documents, on August 18, 2019, Saul knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a victim while the victim was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of declining participation in and communicating her unwillingness to engage in the sexual act, and Saul knew the victim was incapacitated.  In early morning hours of August 18, the victim was drinking with friends.  The victim drank too much and became incapacitated.  Saul and one other person carried the victim to his vehicle and placed her inside the vehicle.  After placing the victim in his vehicle, Saul left the others and was alone with the victim when he perpetrated the sexual assault inside his vehicle. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe’s Law Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.   

Saul was remanded to custody to serve his sentence.

Updated August 18, 2020

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