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McLaughlin Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Children and Witness Tampering

PIERRE – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that a McLaughlin, South  Dakota, man convicted of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and one count of  Witness Tampering was sentenced on November 14, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Charles B.  Kornmann.  

Jerome Moses Goodhouse, Jr., age 31, was sentenced to life in federal prison on both counts of  Aggravatd Sexual Abuse of a Child, 20 years in federal prison for Witness Tampering, and ordered  to pay a $300 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

Goodhouse was indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Witness Tampering by a  federal grand jury in January of 2022. He was convicted by a jury on all charges on August 24,  2022.  

In 2017, Goodhouse sexually abused two minor children in McLaughlin on the Standing Rock  Sioux Indian Reservation. After abusing one minor, he threatened her and told her to remain quiet  about what he did to her.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the  growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the  Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and  Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate,  apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services,  Standing Rock Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cameron J. Cook and Carl Thunem prosecuted  the case. 

Goodhouse was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 



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