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Rapid City Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

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.

Joseph Hatchett, age 39, was indicted on March 22, 2016.  Hatchett appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on April 4, 2016, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

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

The charge relates to Hatchett failing to register and update his registration as a convicted sex offender between January 15, 2016, and March 10, 2016.

The charge is merely an accusation and Hatchett is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman is prosecuting the case.

Hatchett was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for June 7, 2016.

Updated April 11, 2016