Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Porcupine Man Indicted for Abusive Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Porcupine, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Abusive Sexual Contact.

Emerson Severt Spider, 41, of Porcupine, was indicted on March 22, 2016, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 14, 2016.  He pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

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

  The charges relate to Spider engaging in sexual contact with two girls under the age of 12. The charges are merely an accusation and Spider is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.

Spider was detained pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Violent Crime
Updated April 23, 2016