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White River Man Sentenced for Failure to Register

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

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a White River, South Dakota, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The sentencing took place on June 10, 2024.

Nathan First In Trouble, age 45, was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

First In Trouble was indicted by a federal grand jury in December of 2023. He pleaded guilty on March 21, 2024.

On December 12, 1995, First In Trouble was convicted in Mellette County, South Dakota of Sexual Contact With a Person Incapable of Consenting. On April 13, 1998, he was also convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Both convictions required him to register as a sex offender under the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and South Dakota law. First In Trouble failed to update his registration between July 29, 2022, and December 12, 2023.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher prosecuted the case.

First In Trouble was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated June 15, 2024

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