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Pine Ridge Man Charged with Sexual Abuse and Strangulation

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation.

Jeremiah White Wash, age 27, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the Aggravated Sexual Abuse charge is any term of years up to life in prison, a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to White Wash and another man sexually assaulting a female on May 1, 2018, at Pine Ridge.  White Wash also assaulted the same individual, who was his dating partner, by strangling her in April 2018.

The charges are merely accusations and White Wash is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Justice Services, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated August 18, 2019

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime