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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mission Man Charged With Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, Aggravated Sexual Abuse, and Abusive Sexual Contact.

Iran Small Bear, a/k/a Ivan Small Bear, age 37, was indicted on June 12, 2018.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on July 30, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is any term of years up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between July 27, 2016, and April 19, 2018, Small Bear knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act and sexual contact with a minor female.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Small Bear was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated August 1, 2018