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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Nebraska Man Indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Valentine, Nebraska, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Abusive Sexual Contact, and Coercion and Enticement.

Christopher Franklin Beauvais, age 37, was indicted on July 11, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 11, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for Aggravated Sexual Abuse is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a lifetime of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges Beauvais engaged in a pattern of criminal sexual conduct between 2006 and 2021, including causing another to engage in a sexual act with him by using force on November 16, 2020, in Todd County, South Dakota. 

These charges are merely accusations and Beauvais is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Thunem is prosecuting the case.   

Beauvais was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which is scheduled for October 18, 2022.`

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Updated August 16, 2022