Lower Brule man charged with sexual abuse, assault by strangulation and child abuse

PIERRE, S.D. — A Lower Brule man is being charged with sexual abuse, assault and abuse of a minor.

Boyer Thomas LaForge Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury in April. He pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

The charges stem from an incident on Feb. 4 when LaForge used force to make his intimate partner engage in a sexual act and further assaulted the victim by strangling and suffocating her.

The indictment further alleges that LaForge abused, exposed, tortured, tormented and cruelly punished a child under the age of 18.

The charges are merely accusations and LaForge is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI. LaForge has been remanded to custody pending his trial.

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