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Wagner Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child Under 12 Years Old

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

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Wagner, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child Under 12 Years Old was sentenced on September 13, 2021, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Frank Sanchez, age 66, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Sanchez was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 3, 2019.  He was found guilty following a three-day jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred between on or about June 1, 2006 and September 1, 2006, in the Marty area, when Sanchez engaged in sexual contact with a female minor who had not attained the age of 12 years. 

This case was investigated by the Yankton Sioux Tribal Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated September 18, 2021