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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pine Ridge Man Sentenced for Felony Child Abuse and Neglect

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Felony Child Abuse and Neglect was sentenced on December 12, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Joseph Clifford, age 72, was sentenced to 1 year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from Clifford abusing a child, who had not attained the age of seven years, between December 2011 and February 2014 at Pine Ridge.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated December 18, 2016