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Film at Sundance highlights state representative's NCIS experience

Stace Nelson

The producers of a documentary film on rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military confirmed that retired NCIS investigator and current state Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, was consulted as an expert on rape and sexual assault investigations for their Sundance Film Festival submission.

"Nelson provided invaluable insight into the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the U.S. military in our film 'The Invisible War,'" said Tanner Barklow, the film's producer. "With over 20 years investigating and combating these crimes as a Marine and NCIS investigator, and as an elected official, he has given a voice to hundreds of thousands of veterans who have survived these horrible crimes. Few people had the courage to come forward and speak the truth."

Movie producers flew Nelson to Hollywood, where he was interviewed for the movie.

Nelson retired from NCIS in November 2008 after combined federal law enforcement service with NCIS and the U.S. Marine Corps of about 22 years. His prior film credits include expert consultation and participation in a Department of Defense Narco-Terrorism video. He was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010.