United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Dustin Red Legs age 41, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, was found guilty of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Exploitation of Child, and Possession of Child Pornography as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years, with a maximum penalty of up to life in federal prison and/or a $750,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and a $5,000 assessment to the Domestic Trafficking Fund.
Red Legs was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 14, 2019.
On September 24, 2018, Red Legs was staying at a home in Eagle Butte. He went into a room where two children were sleeping, sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl, and also took sexually explicit photographs of the victim.
This case was investigated by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for October 26, 2020. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.