Jury Finds Mosher Man Guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that Tyrone Steven Andrews, age 24, of Mosher, South Dakota, was found guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact and Abusive Sexual Contact of Minor following a two-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on July 8, 2016.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in custody, and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum period of five years up to life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Andrews was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 14, 2015. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on February 25, 2013, wherein Andrews groped a fifteen-year-old girl who was at a sleepover at a home in Rosebud, South Dakota. Andrews entered the bedroom where the girl was sleeping and touched her breasts under her clothes while she was asleep. The girl awoke, realized what was happening, and tried to get the attention of her friend who was sleeping next to her in the bed. Andrews then began to rub the girl’s inner thigh and kissed her neck. At that point, the girl was able to awaken her friend and Andrews ran out of the room.
Andrews was acquitted of a separate charge of Aggravated Sexual Abuse. That charge stemmed from an incident involving an adult female that occurred at a home in Okreek, South Dakota, in late May or early June of 2015.
This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for September 26, 2016.
Andrews was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.