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Aaron James Pepion Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on October 22, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, AARON JAMES PEPION, a 29-year-old resident of Browning, pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Sentencing is set for January 21, 2010. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On July 27, 2009, PEPION was interviewed regarding allegations that he had engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old female. PEPION admitted that he had romantically kissed the victim, fondled her breasts, and had inserted his finger into her vaginal opening. He stated that he did these things in approximately April of 2009 at the victim's residence, which is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The victim was interviewed and she confirmed PEPION'S statement.

PEPION faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Browning.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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