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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

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The sentencing took place on January 24, 2023.

Roy Brushbreaker, III, age 28, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brushbreaker was indicted by a federal grand jury in September of 2022. He pleaded guilty on October 13, 2022.

Brushbreaker was convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact in April 2019.  As a result of this conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender and to update his registration within three business days of relocation or changing employment.  On July 15, 2022, Brushbreaker moved out of his registered address in Rapid City and thereafter failed to update his registration.  His whereabouts were unknown until he was arrested in Rapid City on August 18, 2022.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Brushbreaker was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Updated January 25, 2023

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