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Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to Prison for Abusive Sexual Contact

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on July 30, 2021, by Judge Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court.

Ronald Pumpkin Seed, age 36, was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Pumpkin Seed was indicted for the charge by a federal grand jury in January 2017.  He pleaded guilty on April 30, 2021.

The conviction stems from Pumpkin Seed having sexual contact with a female under the age of 10, between 2011 and 2016 at Pine Ridge.

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

Pumpkin Seed was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Updated August 6, 2021

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