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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact and Assault

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 by Force and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on May 14, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Jeremy Agard, age 36, was sentenced to 235 months in custody, followed by 10 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $13,697, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200.

Agard was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 15, 2017.  He pled guilty on December 4, 2017.

The conviction stems from an incident on the evening of October 15, 2016, when the victim and Agard were in Agard’s trailer socializing. At some point in the evening, Agard asked the victim to have sex with him, but the victim told him no.  Agard got mad and repeatedly struck the victim about the face and body, causing the victim to lose consciousness.  When the victim regained consciousness, she was naked on the floor of Agard’s home.  Agard, noticing she was awake, begin to assault the victim again, throwing her out of his residence completely unclothed.  The victim ran to a neighbor’s house and law enforcement and an ambulance were summonsed.  The victim was taken to the Mobridge hospital, where staff noted she was suffering from head injuries, including facial fractures and internal hemorrhaging. Injuries consistent with a sexual assault were also noted.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Agard was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 17, 2018

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