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Pukwana Man Charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Pukwana, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Kelly Wayne McGhee, Jr., age 33, was indicted in August of 2022.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on August 8, 2022, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on between March 1, 2022, and July 23, 2022, McGhee, a person required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and a sex offender by reason of conviction under Federal Law, knowingly failed to register and update his registration.

The charge is merely an accusation and McGhee is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

McGhee was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial, which has been set for October 11, 2022.

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