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Sentencing set for Nov. 14 for McLaughlin man convicted of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children and Witness Tampering

A federal jury has found Jerome Moses Goodhouse, Jr., age 30, of McLaughlin guilty of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and one count of Witness Tampering (Aug. 2022).

The charges carry a mandatory minimum of 30 years up to life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

In 2017, Goodhouse sexually abused two minor children in McLaughlin on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. After abusing one minor, he threatened her and told her to remain quiet about what he did to her.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Standing Rock Agency.

A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for November 14, 2022. The defendant is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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