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White River Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a White River, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on December 19, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Duane Mednansky, age 49, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, a $3,000 fine, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Mednansky was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 16, 2017.  He pled guilty on September 24, 2018.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred between May 1, 2013, and September 1, 2013, wherein Mednansky engaged in sexual contact with a teenage girl who was in his care.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office Division of Criminal Investigation, the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Watertown Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

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

Updated December 21, 2018