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Friday, February 16, 2018

Mission Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

Matthew Peneaux, a/k/a Matthew Swalley, age 34, was indicted on October 24, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on February 16, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in 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 on or about March 28, 2015, and April 30, 2016, Peneaux knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act with a minor female.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.

Peneaux was released pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated February 16, 2018