A 42-year-old Eagle Butte man was sentenced to two years of custody including two years of supervised release. Eric Brown was convicted of Child Abuse after pleading guilty on November 16, 2015. Brown was sentenced on February 8, 2016, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Brown was indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Child Abuse by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2015. He pled guilty to Child Abuse on November 16, 2015.
Brown’s conviction and sentence stem from an incident on January 17, 2015. CRST Law Enforcement was contacted by an employee at the Coop/Ampride gas station in Eagle Butte, regarding an intoxicated person driving a gold Buick Regal with a small child in the car. An officer observed the vehicle swerve towards the centerline and then correct its course, so he initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was Brown, and the passenger was a five-year old child.
The child was not wearing a seatbelt and was not otherwise secured in the vehicle. The officer conducted an investigation and arrested Brown for driving under the influence (DUI).
Prior to the January incident, Brown had previously been arrested on July 25, 2014 for DUI and had the same same child in the car.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services investigated the case.
Brown was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.