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Oglala Man Indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping

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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a federal grand jury has indicted an Oglala, South Dakota, man for three counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping.

Drace Dreaming Bear, age 21, was indicted in March of 2023. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta L. Wollmann on June 7, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for each charge is life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of five years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each count of conviction. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Dreaming Bear kidnapping, confining, and sexually abusing a female at Oglala between December 3 and 4, 2022.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case. 

Dreaming Bear was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has been set for August 15, 2023.

Updated June 9, 2023

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