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

Friday, December 30, 2016

Okreek Man Charged with Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Okreek, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and Child Abuse.

Marcos Lorenzo Bear Shield, age 21, was indicted on December 13, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 21, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for Aggravated Sexual Abuse is life in custody and a lifetime of supervised release. The maximum penalty upon conviction for both Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Child Abuse is up to 15 years in custody and 3 years of supervised release. Each offense carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on August 4, 2015, Bear Shield knowingly engaged in and attempted to engage in a sexual act with a minor. The Indictment also alleges that on the same date Bear Shield abused, exposed, tortured, tormented, and cruelly punished the minor victim. The victim had attained the age of twelve years, but had not attained the age of sixteen years, and was at least four years younger than Bear Shield. The charges are merely accusations and Bear Shield is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Sanderson is prosecuting the case.   

Bear Shield was temporarily remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 30, 2016