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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

St. Francis Woman Pleads Guilty To Abusive Sexual Contact

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Rita Runs Above, age 35, of St. Francis, South Dakota appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on February 5, 2013 and pled guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 3 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; life of supervised release; and a $100 special assessment.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on August 22, 2012 when Runs Above had sexual contact with the victim who was incapable of consenting.

The investigation was conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie H. Ruettgers.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for May 1, 2013. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015