Criminal Justice News

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wakpala Man Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala, South Dakota man charged with sexual abuse with a person incapable of consenting was sentenced on September 17, 2012, by United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Lyle Baker, age 53, was sentenced to 135 months in custody, five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.

Baker was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 12, 2011, and pled guilty to the charge on June 20, 2012.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place in May 2011 when Baker sexually assaulted a young woman in Wakpala, South Dakota.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Standing Rock Agency. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson.

Baker was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

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