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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mitchell Man Guilty Of Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Terace Castaway, age 30, of Mitchell, South Dakota, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on May 6, 2013, and pled guilty to the Superseding Information that charged him with Sexual Abuse.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life of supervised release.  If Castaway is found by a preponderance of the evidence to have violated a condition of supervised release, he may be incarcerated for an additional term of up to 5 years on any such revocation with one exception. If Castaway commits a new felony violation of chapter 109A (sexual abuse), chapter 110 (sexual exploitation and other abuse of children), chapter 117 (transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes), section 1201 (kidnaping), or section 1591 (sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud, or coercion), while on supervised release, he may be incarcerated for a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life for such a violation.  Restitution and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund may also be ordered. 

The charge stems from an incident that took place between August 1, 2008, and May 31, 2009, when Castaway knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a child by the use of fear.  As part of the plea agreement, Castaway also admitted to sexually abusing three other young girls.

The investigation was being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.  A Presentence Investigation Report has been ordered. 

Castaway was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing which has been set for August 5, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015