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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Manderson Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

Ryder White Hawk Sierra, age 27, was indicted on November 16, 2016.  White Hawk Sierra appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 9, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 15 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to White Hawk Sierra sexually abusing a minor between August and September 2016 at Wounded Knee.

The charge is merely an accusation and White Hawk Sierra is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

White Hawk Sierra was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for February 14, 2017.

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Updated December 18, 2016