Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that Garrett Waters, age 39, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, was found guilty of three charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor following a federal jury trial in Rapid City. The verdict was returned on September 3, 2021.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each charge.
Waters was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 2, 2021. The charges relate to Waters having sexual contact with a female, who was under the age of 12 years, between 2018 and 2020, at Pine Ridge.
This case was investigated by the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date will be set. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of South Dakota