Little Eagle Man Arraigned On Sexual Abuse Charges
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force and Attempted Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force.
Ronnie Fire Cloud, age 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2012. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on January 31, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction on each count is any term of years or life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both, and a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life of supervised release. The charge is merely an accusation and Fire Cloud is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Morley is prosecuting the case. Fire Cloud was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.