Roberts County man pleads not guilty to child abuse, assault

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Roberts County man has pleaded not guilty to felony child abuse, assault resulting in serious injuries and child neglect. The U.S. Attorney in South Dakota said this week 21-year-old Michael Robinson appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Minneapolis following his arrest. An indictment alleges Robinson assaulted and abused a child under age 7 in October 2019.

Each charge carries a maximum life in prison with a minimum of 10 years behind bars. The investigation was done by the FBI and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe’s law enforcement. The U.S. Attorney says Robinson was released on conditions pending trial and ordered to appear in federal court in Aberdeen March 31.