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Crow Creek Council treasurer faces sexual assault charge in Nevada

(Matt Gade / Republic)

The treasurer for the Crow Creek Tribal Council, who was charged with three sexual offenses by a federal court in April, is wanted for the 2017 sexual assault of a minor in Las Vegas.

An arrest warrant for 50-year-old Roland Hawk was filed with the Las Vegas Justice Court on March 19.

Hawk has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact before a federal court, which is charging him in connection with separate incidents that allegedly occurred in Fort Thompson between August and December of 2018.

According to a report obtained by The Daily Republic earlier this week, a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was contacted by a federal investigator in South Dakota on Nov. 15 about an alleged sexual assault at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas in March 2017.

An FBI agent reportedly told the detective that the alleged victim, who was 16 at the time she was interviewed, said Hawk sexually assaulted her while the two were visiting Las Vegas together.

A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer reported that the victim said during that trip, Hawk gave her a slushy that she said tasted like alcohol and made her dizzy and light headed after about 10 minutes. The girl said they went back to the hotel room and she fell asleep, then awoke to Hawk assaulting her.

Identifying information about the alleged victim has been redacted from court documents, but the warrant declaration states that the offense constituted both sexual assault and incest.

Hawk is charged with sexual assault of a minor under 16 years of age, a Category A felony in the state of Nevada. A person convicted of a crime in that category can be sentenced to life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole.

Authorities were informed about the alleged Las Vegas offense in April 2017. A school administrator indicated during an interview with law enforcement that she had responded to a disturbance where the alleged victim was hitting walls and yelling in a hallway. After speaking to the girl, the school administrator, a mandated reporter, then transported the girl to the Behavior Health Center.

The girl was later interviewed at the school by a BIA officer, and the administrator's statements to police about what the girl said in her office that day were the same as what the girl had said in the interview with the BIA officer.

While federal court documents use the name Roland Hawk Sr., and Las Vegas Justice Court documents released to The Daily Republic name the defendant in the Nevada case only as Roland Hawk, the declaration of warrant filed by the Las Vegas detective confirms the Roland Hawk involved in the Nevada case is a treasurer for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and lives on tribal land in South Dakota.

According to the police report, the school administrator said in her interview that Hawk "is known for molesting young girls" and has power on the reservation "that no one wants to go up against."

Hawk is currently scheduled to stand trial for his charges in the federal case on Aug. 20. He was released on bail into his mother's custody soon after his arrest on April 15.