United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Wanblee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Rydell Iron Rope, age 44, was indicted on August 16, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 17, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, a mandatory minimum of at least 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between April 28, 2017, and August 16, 2017, Iron Rope, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of a conviction under federal law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration.
The charge is merely an accusation and Iron Rope is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.
Iron Rope was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
District of South Dakota