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South Dakota man convicted of sexual contact, child abuse charges gets 15 years in prison

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PIERRE, South Dakota — A South Dakota man convicted of sexually abusing a child at the Rosebud Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange has also ordered 18-year-old Ilijah White Lance to spend six years on supervised release. The Parmelee man earlier pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact by force and child abuse charges.

The conviction stems from incidents that took place on February 10, when White Lance was visiting a friend's home in Parmelee. Prosecutors say White Lance that night had sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl.

Authorities say White Lance then exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl, who was also in the room and witnessed the first incident.

White Lance is under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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