United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Markis Rattling Leaf, age 29, of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on May 22, 2012 and pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The charge stems from an incident that took place on or about November 3, 2011 when Rattling had sexual contact with an 8-year-old male.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tim Maher.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for August 13, 2012. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.