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Manderson Man Indicted for Sexual Contact

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

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


Lorne Michael Thunder Horse, age 34, was indicted on January 24, 2017, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on January 31, 2017. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.


The penalty upon conviction is any term of years up to life imprisonment, and/or a $250,000 fine, any term of years or lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.


The charge relates to Thunder Horse engaging in sexual contact with a young child. The charge is merely an accusation and Thunder Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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


Thunder Horse was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated February 4, 2017

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