SIOUX FALLS – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that William Bear Robe, age 39, of Chadron, Nebraska, was found guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact following a federal jury trial in Rapid City, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on September 22, 2022.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in custody, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release.
The conviction stems from Bear Robe engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 in 2012 at Oglala, South Dakota.
This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.