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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rapid City Man Indicted for 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.

Lavern E. Looking Cloud, age 33, was indicted on June 16, 2015.  Looking Cloud appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on May 20, 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 Looking Cloud failing to register and update his registration as a convicted sex offender between April 25, 2014, and June 16, 2015.

The charge is merely an accusation and Looking Cloud 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.

Looking Cloud was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for July 19, 2016.

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Updated May 26, 2016