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Grygla man indicted for sexually abusing a girl

March 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 59-year-old man from the northern
Minnesota community of Grygla was indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a girl while on the
Red Lake Indian Reservation. The indictment charges Dean Earl Wilkens with three counts of
aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

The indictment alleges that on three occasions between December 12, 2008, and December
12, 2011, Wilkens, an Indian, engaged in a sexual act with the girl. According to a law
enforcement affidavit filed in the case, on December 12, 2011, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation was informed of the assault. The victim had disclosed the abuse to a school
official, who contacted law enforcement.

If convicted, Wilkens faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on each count. All
sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an
investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the
crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal
Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

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