A fighter against Internet sexual traffic and a long-time leader against crime on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation receive recognition today.
Brent Gromer, state Division of Criminal Investigation supervisory special agent in charge of the Internet crimes against children unit, and John Long, who recently stepped down as assistant special agent in charge of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, get distinguished service awards.
Randy Seiler, the U.S. attorney for South Dakota, will present the honors during the spring conference of the South Dakota police chiefs and sheriffs association in Deadwood.
“Gromer’s investigative abilities and techniques have resulted in the prosecution of numerous child predators,” the U.S. attorney office’s news release said. “Gromer has been the architect of the proactive Sturgis Bike Rally operations, targeting online predators since 2013.”
Long served virtually his entire career in South Dakota.
“Agent Long singlehandedly revitalized the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services upon his arrival in Pine Ridge in 2004,” the release said. “As a result of his extraordinary determination and commitment to the safety of the citizens of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, hundreds of important violent crimes were prosecuted in federal court over many years.”