United States Attorney Announces a Rhame, ND Man Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Child

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BISMARCK – United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced that U.S. District Court Judge Daniel M. Traynor sentenced Douglas James Schneider, Age 51 of Rhame, ND, to life in Federal Prison for the offense of Transportation of a Minor, 18 U.S.C. 2423(a). Judge Traynor also sentence Schneider to 10 years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $19,215.

Investigation determined that between 2013 and 2018, Schneider sexually abused a minor child under the age of twelve years, when the minor child was between seven and ten years of age. Sometime between April and July 2018, Schneider transported the minor child from North Dakota to Montana with the intent of and engaging in unlawful sexual acts with the minor.

“This was an egregious case of victimization of a child. The multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement, local, state, and federal, masterfully developed this case for prosecution” said United States Attorney Nick Chase, and “this sentence means this defendant will never victimize a child ever again.”

“No one should be forced to live in a world of isolation, servitude and terror” said acting Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt, of HSI St. Paul. “HSI and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the vulnerable, and will aggressively investigate criminals who traffic children for sexual purposes.”

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations; North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations; North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force; Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, SD; and Bowman County Sheriff’s Department, ND, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s office, with Assistant United States Attorney Gary Delorme assigned to the case.

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