A former Dances With Wolves actor pleaded not guilty Wednesday to state prices that he sexually abused Indigenous girls and women for a decade in Nevada.
Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, appeared briefly in Clark County District Court following his indictment final week on 19 prices, together with sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and drug trafficking.
He has been jailed in Las Vegas on US$300,000 bond since his arrest Jan 31 close to the house in North Las Vegas that he shared with 5 girls he described as his wives.
Authorities describe Chasing Horse because the chief of a cult often called The Circle who took underage wives. They allege that on the time of his arrest he was grooming younger women to interchange his older wives.
Born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Chasing Horse is broadly recognized for his function as Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning movie.
His arrest by Las Vegas police adopted a monthslong probe that officers mentioned was prompted by a tip from Canadian authorities investigating Chasing Horse in reference to a 2018 rape allegation in British Columbia.
Authorities in Las Vegas allege that his crimes in Nevada spanned a decade. According to courtroom paperwork, in addition they uncovered a sample of sexual abuse relationship again to the early 2000s throughout a number of states, together with Montana and South Dakota, in addition to Canada.
Documents present a minimum of six victims have been recognized, together with one who mentioned she was 13 when sexual abuse started, and one other who mentioned she was supplied to Chasing Horse as a “reward” when she was 15.
Criminal circumstances towards Chasing Horse are mounting, and he now faces prices in 4 jurisdictions – in state courtroom in Las Vegas, in US District Court in Nevada, in British Columbia and on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana.
Inside Chasing Horse’s house, courtroom paperwork say detectives discovered firearms, psilocybin mushrooms, 41 kilos of marijuana and two cellphones containing movies and pictures of underage women being sexually assaulted. The footage led to federal youngster pornography prices. – AP