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Transient Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a transient man convicted of failure to register as a sex offender was sentenced on October 4, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Daniel James Cooper, age 55, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Cooper was indicted for failure to register as a sex offender by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2021.  He pled guilty on June 21, 2021.

Cooper was convicted in Minnesota in 1994 for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.  As a result, Cooper is required to register as a sex offender for life.  Beginning in October 2020, Cooper moved from the location of his registration with the South Dakota Sex Offender Registry and knowingly failed to update his sex offender registration.  He was arrested by law enforcement on February 16, 2021, at a residence, and had traveled between Codington County, South Dakota, and the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation between October 20, 2020, and February 16, 2021, evading law enforcement during that timeframe. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Connie Larson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated October 7, 2021

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