Eagle Butte Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force and Threat
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat.
Frank Duane Baker Jr., age 42, was indicted on April 15, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on April 25, 2014, and pled not guilty to the indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, at least 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 in May 2013, Baker used force and threat of serious bodily injury and death to engage in and attempt to engage in a sexual act with a female victim.
The charge is merely an accusation, and Baker is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case.
Baker was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which is set for June 16, 2014.