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August 26, 2015

Cherry Creek Man Sentenced for Abusive Sexual Contact by Force

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Cherry Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact by Force was sentenced on August 24, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kenneth John Counting, a/k/a John Counting, age 46, was sentenced to 37 months in custody, followed by five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction arose from an incident that occurred between October 25 and October 26, 2013, when Counting visited a neighbor at Cherry Creek. During that visit, Counting engaged in sexual contact by force with the victim. The victim tried to resist and attempted to push Counting away, but he was too strong and continued to touch the victim.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.

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

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