South Dakota Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that a South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

John Burgess Bad Hand, age 37, was indicted on November 9, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 30, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to ten years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that Bad Hand, a person required to register as a sex offender by reason of conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration between September 15, 2021, and October 21, 2021, while living in Upper Cut Meat, South Dakota.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler is prosecuting the case.   

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

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