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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mobridge Man Charged With Assaulting, Resisting, Or Impeding A Federal Officer Involving Physical Contact

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mobridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Officer Involving Physical Contact.

Ed Charles LeClair, IV, age 22, was indicted on September 16, 2014.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 22, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 8 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about July 27, 2014, LeClair forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with a Dewey County Deputy Sheriff while he was assisting federal law enforcement officers. They were all engaged in the performance of their official duties. 

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Dewey County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.   

LeClair was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015