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Nebraska Man Sentenced to Prison

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken has sentenced a Chadron, Nebraska, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact. The sentencing took place on January 27, 2023.

William Bear Robe, 39, was sentenced to four years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bear Robe was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury in June of 2019. He was found guilty following a federal jury trial in Rapid City in September of 2022.

The conviction stems from Bear Robe engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 in 2012, at Oglala, South Dakota.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.

Bear Robe was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated January 31, 2023