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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Lower Brule Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on January 22, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Errol Jerome Flute, a/k/a Errol Jerome Pretty Sounding Flute, a/k/a EJ Flute, age 24, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Flute was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 16, 2017.  He pled guilty on November 2, 2017.

The conviction stems from an incident on December 29, 2016, when the 14-year-old victim went to her boyfriend’s home in Lower Brule.  The defendant is engaged to the victim’s boyfriend’s mother.  The victim’s boyfriend was sleeping on the couch, and the victim began to socialize with the defendant and others. The defendant’s fiancée left the residence, and the defendant and the victim ended up in the back bedroom where they engaged in sexual intercourse. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Lower Brule Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Flute was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated January 25, 2018