Mission Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Frank White Thunder, age 29, was indicted on May 17, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 8, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
On April 29, 2008, White Thunder was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact. As a result of his conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender. It is alleged that between April 24, 2016, and May 17, 2016, White Thunder, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under Federal Law, failed to properly register as a sex offender.
The charge is merely an accusation and White Thunder is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.
White Thunder was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.