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Wagner Man Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Abuse

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Wagner, South Dakota, man convicted of Aggravated Sexual Abuse was sentenced on June 6, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Xavier Zephier, age 26, was found guilty of Aggravated Sexual Abuse as a result of a federal jury trial in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 5, 2019.  Zephier was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $5,100.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on October 29, 2017, when Zephier forcibly raped a woman while she was sleeping. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer D. Mammenga and Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

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

Updated June 12, 2019

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