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State Penitentiary Counselor Arrested on Attempted Possession of a Gun with Intent to Deliver to Prisoner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    Friday, October 19, 2018

CONTACT:  Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215




PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Willard Allan Dathe, 68, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by complaint on one count of attempted possession of authorized article with intent to deliver to prisoner, class 6 felony, punishable by up to 1 year in the state penitentiary and/or $2,000 fine.


The complaint alleges that on October 18, 2018, Dathe made arrangements to provide a gun to an inmate.  Dathe was employed as a counselor at the Penitentiary.


Dathe is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.


This case is being investigated by Special Investigations Unit at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.