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Press Release

North Dakota Man Charged With Abusive Sexual Contact

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bismarck, North Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Abusive Sexual Contact.

Brandon Wutzke, age 28, was indicted on December 10, 2013.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on December 13, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 2 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about December 25, 2012, Wutzke knowingly engaged, or attempted to engage, in sexual contact with a female who had not attained the age of 16 years.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

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

Updated June 22, 2015