Office of the United States Attorney, John S. Leonardo
District of Arizona
July 24, 2014
HOPI MAN INDICTED ON CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS
PHOENIX – On July 22, 2014, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Ross Stetson Tewangoitewa, 67, of Shungopavi Village, Ariz., for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.
A conviction for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
CASE NUMBER: CR-14-8139-SPL (DKD)
RELEASE NUMBER: 2014-042_Tewangoitewa
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