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

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rosebud Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse.

Jesse James Leader Charge, age 24, was indicted on January 23, 2019.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 15, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on January 1, 2017, Leader Charge knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act with a victim, who at the time was physically incapable of declining participation in, or communicating an unwillingness to engage in, the sexual act.

The charge is merely an accusation and Leader Charge is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore is prosecuting the case.   

Leader Charge was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated April 18, 2019