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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rosebud Man Sentenced For Abusive Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on September 9, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.      
Sonny Gray Grass, age 52, was sentenced to 84 months in custody, 8 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Gray Grass was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22, 2012, and pled guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact on May 29, 2013.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place in Todd County between April 24 and April 28, 2008, when Gray Grass engaged in sexual contact with the victim.  At the time of the offense, the victim was under the age of 12.

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

Gray Grass was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

Updated June 22, 2015