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Peever Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Peever, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Larry Levi Finley III, age 25, was indicted in October of 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on October 31, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, five years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

According to the Indictment, between on or about July 1, 2021, and October 31, 2021, in Roberts County, Indian Country, in the District of South Dakota, Finley did knowingly engage in and attempt to engage in a sexual act with a minor who had attained the age of twelve years, but had not attained the age of sixteen years, and was at least four years younger than Finley.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri is prosecuting the case. 

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


Updated November 7, 2022