- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A 52-year-old Eagle Butte (BYOOT) man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl after giving her alcohol.

U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Ronnie Keith Circle Bear pleaded guilty in October to one count of sexual abuse of a person incapable of consenting. He was sentenced this week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Circle Bear asked the victim’s mother if she could go with him from Rapid City to McLaughlin in June 2014 to attend a powwow. Prosecutors say that after Circle Bear got a motel room in Eagle Butte, he gave the girl alcohol and began to remove her clothes and rape her as she was passed out on the bed.

She awoke and went to the front desk to get help.


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