Ernest William Peltzer Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on October 28, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ERNEST WILLIAM PELTZER, a 49-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, pled guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. Sentencing is set for January 27, 2010. He is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On April 1, 2008, a female individual was interviewed on an unrelated matter. During the interview, she disclosed that she had been sexually abused by PELTZER when she was approximately 11-years-old. She stated that in February or March of 2003, while she was in foster care in Lodge Grass, PELTZER, who was a family friend of the foster care parents, digitally penetrated her vagina with his finger.
On April 28, 2009, PELTZER was interviewed and admitted that he sexually abused the victim by digitally penetrating her vagina.
PELTZER faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.