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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 31, 2018

Minnesota Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Moose Lake, Minnesota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and for abusive sexual contact of a child under twelve years.

Roland Joseph Brant, age 63, was indicted on June 6, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gerdes on August 28, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalties upon conviction for each count are as follows:  life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum term of five (5) years, up to life, of supervised release; $100 special assessment for victim/witness fund; $5,000 assessment to the domestic trafficking fund; and restitution may be ordered.

According to the Indictment, between February and July, 2007, in Roberts County, South Dakota, Roland Joseph Brant did knowingly engage in and attempt to engage in sexual acts with a child who had not attained the age of 12. 

The charges are merely accusations and Brant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case.   

Brant was remanded to the custody of a facility in Minnesota.  A trial date of October 16, 2018, has been set.

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Updated August 31, 2018