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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kyle Man Indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Abusive Sexual Contact.

Frankie Standing Bear, age 31, was indicted on November 22, 2017.  Standing Bear appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on November 29, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Standing Bear engaging in a sexual act with a child who had not attained the age of 12 between March 1, 2016, and September 15, 2017, at Kyle.

The charges are merely accusations and Standing Bear is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

Standing Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for February 6, 2018.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated December 5, 2017