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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, December 18, 2016

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.

Tyrell Thin Elk, age 34, was indicted on October 12, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on December 12, 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 period of supervised release of at least 5 years, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between August 23, 2016, and August 28, 2016, Thin Elk, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction, failed to register and update his registration as required by law.

The charge is merely an accusation and Thin Elk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Thin Elk 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 December 18, 2016