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Pierre Man Charged With Failure To Register As A Sex Offender

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pierre man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Adrian Wells, age 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 11, 2012. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 14, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Marshal's Service. Assistant United States Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.

Wells was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015