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September 29, 2014

Norris Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Norris, South Dakota, man convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on September 22, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Arnold Eagle Bear, Jr., age 32, was sentenced to 27 months in custody, five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Also, Eagle Bear cannot have contact with minors, shall register as a sex offender, and participate in a sex offender program.

Eagle Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 22, 2014. He pled guilty on June 30, 2014.

The conviction stems from incidents between November 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013, when Eagle Bear used his computer to communicate with underage girls. He misrepresented his age as being 18 or 19 when he spoke with a minor female. They later met at her house and had sexual intercourse. He knew it was wrong but believed girls would not talk to him if they knew his real age.

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

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

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