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Soldier Creek Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Soldier Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on May 22, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Rylan Alton Joel Black Lance, age 23, was sentenced to 34 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100

Black Lance was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 14, 2017.  He pled guilty on March 7, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred on August 5, 2017.  On that date, Black Lance invited a 15-year-old girl to his residence in Soldier Creek, provided her alcohol and marijuana, and engaged in sexual intercourse with her.  Black Lance was aware that the victim was under the age of 16, and therefore unable to consent to any sexual activity with him.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

Black Lance was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated May 22, 2018

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