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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on September 13, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Silas Lee High Hawk, age 25, was sentenced to 36 months of imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and register as a sex offender.

High Hawk was charged on November 17, 2015, and pleaded guilty on June 3, 2016. The conviction stems from High Hawk engaging in sexual contact with a woman who was unable to give consent.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson prosecuted the case.

High Hawk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated September 16, 2016