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McLaughlin Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.     

Robert Arnold Stand, age 25, was indicted on November 14, 2013, for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor.  Stand appeared before U.S. Magistrate William D. Gerdes on November 19, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment. 
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 30 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release.  If Stand is found to have violated any condition of his supervised release, he may be incarcerated for an additional term of up to 5 years for each violation with one exception.  If Stand commits a new felony violation of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other abuse of children, transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes, kidnapping, or sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion, while on supervised release, he may be incarcerated for a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life for each violation.  The maximum penalty also includes a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and restitution may be ordered. 
The charge is merely an accusation, and Stand is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The Indictment alleges that on October 5, 2013, Stand engaged in and attempted to engage in a sexual act with a minor.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case. 
Stand was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.  A trial date has not been set.                                              

Updated June 22, 2015