One suspect was acquitted while two others were sentenced in federal courts in South Dakota recently.
Ryan Bissonette, 35, of Pine Ridge was acquitted of aggravated sexual abuse by force and sexual abuse by a federal jury April 13.
He was indicted June 17, 2014, for an incident that allegedly occurred Aug. 8, 2013, near Pine Ridge. He allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a female incapable of consenting.
Sentenced April 11 was Mythyas Godiava, 42, of Mill Creek, WA, to 42 months in federal custody for an unauthorized access device. The South Dakota Highway Patrol stopped Godiava in Lawrence County in 2016.
“A search was conducted on the vehicle and a meth pipe, over 1,000 gift cards, multiple debit/credit cards, a stolen passport, and multiple forms of identification were found,” according to the news release issued Tuesday by the U.S. attorney office for South Dakota.
The release said an investigation revealed that for the last several years Godiava has been defrauding various businesses by employing different fraud techniques, such as price tag switching or leaving the store without paying for cartloads of items.
“Godiava would then hire homeless men and women to return the items for store credit placed on gift cards,” the U.S. attorney office said.
Sentenced April 11 in a separate case was Joseph Cordier, 39, of Winner to 60 months in federal custody for abusive sexual contact with a child.
The incident occurred between June 19, 2007, and June 19, 2009, in Winner Tribal Housing in Tripp County. The child was age five to six years.