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Man charged with sexual contact with a minor

MINNEAPOLIS – United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Lantry, South Dakota man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual contact with a minor.

Robert Smith, age 52, was indicted on September 17, 2013. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 19, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to two years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

Smith is alleged to have had sexual contact with a minor near Lantry between May 30, 2012, and July 27, 2012.

The charge is merely an accusation and Smith 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.

Smith was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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