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St. Francis man gets prison in sex abuse case

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) — A southern South Dakota man who pleaded guilty to an abusive sexual contact charge has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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The U.S. District Attorney in South Dakota on Wednesday announced that 26-year-old Joseph Blue Bird was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Authorities allege the St. Francis abused a woman in May 2012 during a party at a neighbor's house in Rosebud. Blue Bird was indicted by a federal grand jury in September of that year. He pleaded guilty on November 2013.

Blue Bird's attorney information could not be found.

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