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Mission Man Sentenced For Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on March 4, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Richard Peneaux, age 20, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Peneaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 17, 2013. He pled guilty on December 11, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident in August, 2013, when Peneaux was dating the victim, who had not attained the age of 16.  Peneaux was aware that the victim was underage when he engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers prosecuted the case. Peneaux was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 22, 2015