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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Sisseton Man Sentenced to Nine Months in Federal Prison for Assault of a Federal Employee

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Sisseton, South Dakota, man convicted of assault of a federal employee was sentenced on June 21, 2022, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Richard Reuben Simon, age 28, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Simon was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 14, 2021.  He pled guilty on April 4, 2022.

On August 16, 2021, Simon forcibly assaulted, impeded, intimidated, and interfered with the victim, while the victim was employed as a federal health care professional with the Indian Health Service (IHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, assigned to perform health care functions, while she was engaged in the performance of her official duties. 

The victim was working in an official capacity as a nurse practitioner for an IHS facility.  During an exam of the Defendant, he made inappropriate comments to and committed a simple assault against the victim, specifically including unlawful physical contact amounting to simple assault. 

This case was investigated by the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

Simon was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated June 28, 2022