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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Sex Abuse

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Person Incapable of Consent was sentenced on September 17, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Jerome Goodhouse, age 27, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Goodhouse was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 17, 2017.  He pled guilty on June 24, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 5, 2016, when Goodhouse gave a ride home to an individual and took a detour to a remote location, where he parked the vehicle and began to fondle and kiss the victim.  Goodhouse knew that the victim had been drinking and was incapable of consenting to the sexual contact.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Goodhouse is ordered to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service no later than 2:00 p.m. on October 9, 2018.

Updated October 1, 2018

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