Man Accused Of Raping Injured Teenage Girl Pleads Guilty


A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after she had been run over by a vehicle has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.

Bishop Cottier, 29, reached a plea deal with prosecutors, and court documents show he entered his plea Friday. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Authorities say the girl had been drinking at a party in April 2014 when she was dragged and run over by a vehicle driven by friends. They say Cottier later assaulted her at his home while her hands were restrained.

He and another man then took the girl to a hospital, where she reported the assault while being treated for her injuries.


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