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Kyle Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse

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

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Abusive Sexual Contact, Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Receipt of Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography.

Joshua Sharp, age 37, was indicted in July of 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 29, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, lifetime supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges stem from Sharp sexually abusing two children less than 12 years old between August 2019 and December 2021 in Kyle.  Sharp also received and possessed child pornography during this time.  The charges are merely accusations and Sharp is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

Sharp was detained pending trial.  A trial date has been set for October 4, 2022.

Updated August 3, 2022

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