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LaPlante Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a LaPlante, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse.

Ryun Bowker, age 26, was indicted on October 24, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 30, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The Indictment alleges that on March 17, 2016, Bowker knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act by the use of force with a female victim.

The charge is merely an accusation and Bowker is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Bowker was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated October 31, 2017

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