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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 24, 2017

Little Eagle Man Charged with Receipt of Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Possession of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Little Eagle, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Receipt of Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Possession of Child Pornography.

Chavez Spotted Horse, age 39, was indicted on March 15, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on March 21, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between January 1, 2013, and November 3, 2015, Spotted Horse knowingly received, via a computer device, images depicting minors involved in sexually explicit conducts and images of child pornography.

The charges are merely accusations and Spotted Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.

Spotted Horse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated March 24, 2017