Eagle Butte Man Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 21, 2014|
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.
Brad Lee Red Bear, age 23, was indicted on February 12, 2014. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on February 18, 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, five years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
Red Bear is alleged to have forcibly sexually assaulted a woman in December 2013 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The charge is merely an accusation, and Red Bear 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.
Red Bear was released on bond. A trial date has not been set.