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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 9, 2017

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on February 6, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Frank White Thunder, age 29, was sentenced to 15 months in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

White Thunder was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2016. He pled guilty on November 30, 2016.

White Thunder was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact in April 2008. As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender. In February 2012, White Thunder was convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and was ordered to register as a sex offender. He was released from custody on April 5, 2016. White Thunder initially registered as a sex offender, but then absconded from supervision. White Thunder did not update his sex offender registration between April 21, 2016 and May 17, 2016, as required by law and his whereabouts were unknown.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson prosecuted the case.

White Thunder was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated February 9, 2017