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Published January 29 2012

Fugitive Focus: Billy Dean Brown

Wanted for: Failing to register as a sex offender

Original charge: Assault with serious bodily injury to a child

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 200

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Race: Native American

Age: 33

Local and federal authorities are seeking to apprehend a 33-year-old Fargo man who is delinquent on his sex offender registration after he failed to update his whereabouts with Cass County officials in December.

Billy Dean Brown is required to register as a sex offender until July 2020.

In 2001, he was convicted in Fargo’s U.S. District Court on four counts of assault that caused serious bodily injury to a child on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes that occur on North Dakota’s reservations.

According to court documents, Brown injured his live-in girlfriend’s 20-month-old boy.

The baby sustained first- and second-degree burns on his face and scalp, a cut on his chin, a human bite mark on his thigh, bruising throughout his lower back, and a pre-existing skull fracture, among other injuries.

The child was on a respirator for two weeks following surgery to repair a perforated bowel, believed to be caused by “an extremely forceful blow to the child’s stomach” that nearly cut his bowel in half. The boy spent five weeks in the hospital.

At the jury trial, Brown said he bit the child during “innocent play” but denied causing the other injuries.

Brown was sentenced to more than five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.


This is a weekly profile on the U.S. Marshals Service’s most wanted in the region.

Do not try to apprehend the suspect. Please call (701) 297-7325 or your local law enforcement agency.


High Plains Fugitive Task Force