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Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on November 7, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Russell Dean Wright, age 54, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Wright was indicted by a federal grand jury in May of 2022. He pled guilty on August 15, 2022.

The conviction stems from Wright failing to register as a sex offender as required by federal law between November 1, 2021, and April 4, 2022. Wright had previously been convicted of a sex offense in federal court which requires him to register for 25 years upon his release from federal prison.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

Wright was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.




Updated November 9, 2022

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