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Wounded Knee Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact

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

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wounded Knee, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on October 26, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Kelly Tyrell Bell, age 27, was sentenced to 6 months’ custody, 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Bell pleaded guilty to the charge on May 20, 2016.  The conviction stems from Bell having sexual contact with another male, who was incapable of declining participation in the sexual contact, in the Kyle jail on January 22, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

Bell was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated November 4, 2016

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