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South Dakota tribal leader gets 12 life sentences for sexually abusing children

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A former Yankton Sioux tribal official was sentenced this week to spend life in prison for 15 counts of sexual offenses involving children over a period of 24 years.

Quentin Bruguier Jr., 55, of Lake Andes, was ordered on Monday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court to serve 12 life sentences for four counts of sexual abuse and eight counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was also given three 10-year sentences for three counts of abusive sexual contact. All sentences will run concurrently in federal prison.

Bruguier was elected as a member of the Business and Claims Committee, the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s governing body, in September 2013. He was arrested on Oct. 19, 2017, and convicted on all 15 counts for which he was indicted after a week-long jury trial in November.

The majority of the crimes for which Bruguier was convicted are specified in his indictment as involving a victim or victims younger than 12.

In addition to his prison sentences, Bruguier was ordered to pay $1,500 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

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