NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A former “Dances With Wolves” actor accused of sexually abusing indigenous women and girls for decades was charged with federal crimes Wednesday, adding to the growing list of criminal cases against Nathan Chasing Horse since his arrest last week. in Nevada.

Chasing Horse, 46, now faces two counts of child sexual exploitation and one count of possession of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday afternoon in Nevada’s United States District Court. Authorities have said Chasing Horse filmed sexual assaults.

The federal charges came hours after a state judge Wednesday granted $300,000 bond to Chasing Horse, who has been in Las Vegas police custody since his January 31 arrest near the home he shared with his five wives.

Early Wednesday, some two dozen family and friends of Chasing Horse turned up in a North Las Vegas courtroom in a show of support, hoping he would be released on bond. They cheered and celebrated the judge’s decision as they left the courthouse, waving signs that translate to «Justice for Chasing Horse.» Now, if he posts bail, it’s likely he’ll be taken into federal custody.

In state court, Chasing Horse is charged with eight felony counts, including sexual assault, sex trafficking and child abuse. He has not presented allegations.

Canadian police in British Columbia confirmed this week that they are also pursuing a criminal case against the former actor, known for his portrayal of Smiles A Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film. He is accused of a 2018 sexual assault in the British Columbia village of Keremeos, near the state line of washington.

Nevada authorities have said his crimes date back to the early 2000s and span across the United States and Canada.

It was not immediately clear how, if anything, the federal charges will affect the Chasing Horse case in Clark County. His public defender, Kristy Holston, did not immediately respond Wednesday night to a request for comment.

At their bond hearing Wednesday morning, Clark County Assistant District Attorney William Rowles told the judge that Chasing Horse should remain in custody because he was «grooming» the girls to replace their older wives in the time of his arrest.

«There is evidence that this individual is still in the process of grooming young children to replace others as they grow older,» Rowles said.

Nevada authorities have described Chasing Horse in over a hundred pages of court documents as the leader of a cult known as The Circle, whose followers believed that Chasing Horse, as a «medicine man», could communicate with higher beings. Police said he abused that position to physically and sexually assault women and girls and take underage wives.

At its peak, Rowles said, The Circle had around 300 members.

Investigators and victims were expected to speak in court on Wednesday, because Nevada law requires prosecutors to show compelling evidence that a defendant must remain in prison while awaiting trial. But after procedural delays, the judge only heard Rowles, who requested $2 million bail, and Holston, who asked the judge to set $50,000 bail.

After the hearing, Holston told The Associated Press that she was also happy with the judge’s decision and said she is looking forward to her next court date in North Las Vegas, currently scheduled for February 22. At that hearing, a judge is expected to hear evidence in the case and decide whether Chasing Horse will stand trial.

“We are looking forward to the preliminary hearing on this case,” he said, “because it is another public hearing where we will have an opportunity to point out the weaknesses in the state’s case.”

Rulon Pete, a representative for the victims and executive director of the Las Vegas Indian Center, said they were disappointed with the judge’s decision. Some of the victims were in the courtroom on Wednesday.

«What happened this morning was like a slap in the face,» Pete told The Associated Press.

Police have said they have identified at least six victims, including one who was 13 when she said she was abused, and another who said she was offered Chasing Horse as a «gift» when she was 15.

Chasing Horse was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Sicangu Sioux, one of the seven tribes of the Lakota nation. In 2015, he was banished from the Fort Peck reservation in Poplar, Montana, following allegations of human trafficking.