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

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on September 6, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Joseph Blue Bird, age 31, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Blue Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 14, 2018. He pled guilty on June 27, 2018.

Blue Bird was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact in February 2014. As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender. He began his term of supervised release on November 9, 2017. He initially registered his address. On December 10, 2017, he absconded from supervision and did not update his registration as required by law.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.

Blue Bird was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated September 7, 2018