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Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Sisseton, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child was sentenced on July 12, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Okokipe Jones, age 47, was sentenced to 200 months in federal prison, 10 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.
Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2020. He pled guilty on April 20, 2021.
The conviction stemmed from incidents on or about July 1, 2010, and continuing through on or about July 31, 2010, when Jones knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, sexual contacts with a young female victim. Jones, by using force, intentionally touched, either directly or through the clothing, the victim’s genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, and buttocks.
At the time of the sexual contact, Jones was approximately 36 years old and the victim was under 12 years of age.
Jones is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe. The sexual assault occurred in Roberts County, State and District of South Dakota, within the exterior boundaries of the Lake Traverse Reservation. Jones and the victim resided together in the same household at the time.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.
Jones was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.