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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2019

Nebraska Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Chadron, Nebraska, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for four counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

William Bear Robe, age 36, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for each charge is a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in prison, a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Bear Robe engaging in sexual acts with a female child, who had not reached the age of 12 years, between April and October of 2012, at Oglala, South Dakota.

The charges are merely accusations and Bear Robe is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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

Bear Robe was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for November 19, 2019.

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Updated September 23, 2019