Wakpala Man Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

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United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Adrian Spotted Horse, age 43, was indicted on June 14, 2022. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 20, 2022, 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, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between May and June of 2022 in South Dakota, Spotted Horse, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update a registration.

The charge is merely an accusation and Spotted Horse is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron J. Cook is prosecuting the case.

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