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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 6, 2019

Jury Finds North Dakota Man Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse and Aggravated Incest

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Ronnie White Mountain, age 51, of Mandan, North Dakota, was found guilty of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Aggravated Incest as a result of a three-day federal jury trial in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 30 years, up to life, in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered. 

White Mountain was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 11, 2019. 

Between January 2010 and December 2012, White Mountain traveled periodically from his home in Morris, Minnesota, to McLaughlin, South Dakota, along with his daughter, to stay with family on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.  After a night of drinking on one of the trips, White Mountain came back to the home and sexually assaulted his daughter. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Stevens County Minnesota Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kirsten E. Jasper and Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has not been set.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated September 6, 2019