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Ft. Thompson Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has sentenced a Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of eight counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact, two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography, and Tampering with a Witness. The sentencing took place on April 8, 2024.

Loren Goodlow, 34, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $1,400 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Goodlow was indicted by a federal grand jury in April of 2023. He was found guilty following a three-day jury trial in December of 2023. 

The conviction stems from Goodlow engaging in sexual acts with two minor females on the Pine Ridge Reservation on March 18, 2023. Goodlow also enticed one of the minors in December of 2022 and engaged in sexual acts with the minor between December 26, 2022, and January 16, 2023. After the minor disclosed Goodlow’s behavior in March of 2023, Goodlow attempted to tamper with one of the witnesses. The investigation also revealed that on December 8, 2021, Goodlow enticed another minor female and attempted to receive child pornography.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Lindrooth prosecuted the case.

Goodlow was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated April 12, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice