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Press Release

Rosebud Man Charged With Sexual Abuse

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Ricky Eagle Elk, age 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 12, 2013 for Sexual Abuse.

Eagle Elk appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 19, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both; a mandatory minimum term of 5 years up to life of supervised release and an additional minimum term of 5 years of supervised release upon revocation. Restitution and a $100 special assessment may also be ordered.

The charge is merely an accusation, and Eagle Elk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers is prosecuting the case.

Eagle Elk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015