Norris Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact

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United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact was sentenced on May 9, 2022, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court.

Harold White Hat, age 38, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

White Hat was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 10, 2021.  He pled guilty on January 31, 2022.

The conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of November 3, 2020, at a residence in Norris.  The minor victim had gone to sleep in her bed the previous evening and subsequently awoke to find White Hat was groping her.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson prosecuted the case.

White Hat was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.