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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Soldier Creek Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Ronald A. Parsons, Jr. announced that a Soldier Creek, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Rylan Alton Joel Black Lance, age 22, was indicted on November 14, 2017.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 9, 2018, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, any term of years, not less than 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on August 5, 2017, Black Lance knowingly caused and attempted to cause a female victim to engage in a sexual act, by the use of force.

The charges are merely an accusation and Black Lance 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 Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Nelson is prosecuting the case.   

Black Lance 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
Violent Crime
Updated January 10, 2018