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Life in federal prison for former Tribal Official convicted of 15 counts of sexual abuse

PIERRE – United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lake Andes, South Dakota, man was sentenced to 12 concurrent life sentences and to 3 concurrent 10-year terms of imprisonment on February 11, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Quentin P. Bruguier, Jr., a/k/a “JB,” age 55, was sentenced to life in federal prison for each of the 12 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and to 10 years, the statutory maximum, for each of the 3 counts of abusive sexual contact. He was also ordered to pay $1,500 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Following a week-long trial, Bruguier was convicted by a federal jury on November 16, 2018. He was charged in a 15-count indictment for various aggravated sexual abuse charges involving children. Between 1992 and 2016, Bruguier, who was a former Yankton Sioux Tribal Official, engaged in these sexual acts using fear, force, or both, when perpetrating the sexual assaults.

While pronouncing its sentence, the Court stated, “Over a 30-year time period, you took advantage of any young female around you.” The Court also acknowledged the victims by stating, “The girls that came forward were some of the strongest I’ve seen.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuted the case.

Bruguier was immediately remanded to custody to continue serving his sentence.

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