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

Friday, September 2, 2016

St. Francis Man Charged with Repeated Harassing Communications and Stalking

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a St. Francis, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Obscene Telephone Call, Anonymous Telephone Call, Repeated Telephone Call, Repeated Harassing Communications, and Stalking.

Calvin Richard Spotted Tail, age 36, was indicted on May 17, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 25, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each count.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between June 9, 2011, and July 16, 2014, Spotted Tail made numerous obscene telephone calls, anonymous telephone calls, and repeated telephone calls to several women and businesses.

The charges are merely accusations and Spotted Tail is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services, Rapid City Police Department, and the Cherry County Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie G. Sanderson is prosecuting the case.   

Spotted Tail was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated September 2, 2016