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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Friday, June 17, 2016

Winner Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Winner, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child.

Joseph Edward Cordier, age 38, was indicted on April 13, 2016. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 10, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or up to $500,000 in fines, up to life of supervised release, and $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

It is alleged that between June 19, 2007, and June 19, 2009, Cordier engaged in, and attempted to engage in a sexual act and sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years old.

The charge is merely an accusation and Cordier is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.    

Cordier was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Violent Crime
Updated June 17, 2016