Mission Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

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United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Jaret Wooden Knife, age 24, was indicted on February 8, 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on March 1, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, not less than five years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about January 10, 2020, in Mission, Wooden Knife knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act with a minor female.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler is prosecuting the case.   

Wooden Knife was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has been set for April 12, 2022.