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District of South Dakota

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rapid City Man Indicted for Kidnapping of a Minor

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Kidnapping of a Minor by a Registered Sex Offender and Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity by a Registered Sex Offender.  

Christopher Bald Eagle, age 65, was charged on January 7, 2020.  Bald Eagle appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter in Denver, Colorado, on December 31, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.  The penalty upon conviction is a mandatory minimum of 25 years up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, a minimum of 5 years up to lifetime supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges relate to Bald Eagle unlawfully transporting a minor female from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Colorado in December 2019, with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.  The charges are merely an accusation and Bald Eagle is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Denver Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.

Bald Eagle was detained and will be transported to South Dakota at a future date.  A trial date has not been set. 

Updated January 15, 2020