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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rapid City Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Patrick Black Spotted Horse, age 27, was indicted on January 20, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 4, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

On March 8, 2010, Black Spotted Horse was sentenced to 40 months in federal custody for Sexual Abuse of a Minor.  As a result of his conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender.  It is alleged that between December 3, 2015, and January 20, 2016, Black Spotted Horse, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under Federal Law, failed to properly register as a sex offender in Pennington County and elsewhere.

The charge is merely an accusation and Black Spotted Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.   

Black Spotted Horse was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 6, 2016