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McLaughlin Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children and Witness Tampering

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and one count of Witness Tampering was sentenced on November 14, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Jerome Moses Goodhouse, Jr., age 31, was sentenced to life in federal prison on both counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, 20 years in federal prison for Witness Tampering, and ordered to pay a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Goodhouse was indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Witness Tampering by a federal grand jury in January of 2022. He was convicted by a jury on all charges on August 24, 2022.

In 2017, Goodhouse sexually abused two minor children in McLaughlin on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. After abusing one minor, he threatened her and told her to remain quiet about what he did to her.

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 FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron J. Cook and Carl Thunem prosecuted the case.

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

Updated November 16, 2022

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