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South Dakota tribal treasurer indicted for sexual assault

PIERRE, S.D. - A member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council had been indicted in federal court on three counts of sexual assault.

Council Treasurer Roland Hawk Sr., 50, of Fort Thompson, was arrested Monday, April 15 on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact against a fellow member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.

Hawk told U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno that he was pleading not guilty to all three charges when he appeared at the Pierre federal courthouse on Tuesday, April 16. The indictment says the assaults Hawk is accused of occurred between August and December of 2018.

Miller also said Hawk offered money to the victim and helped her pay for repairs to her vehicle in exchange for her silence. Hawk entered a not-guilty plea to the court for all charges and is now awaiting a jury trial to take place this summer.

There is currently an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Clark County, Nevada, for allegedly sexually assaulting another individual while in Las Vegas. The alleged victim in the Nevada incident, Miller said, is the younger sibling of the woman he is accused of molesting in Fort Thompson.