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Ataloa Rose Runs Above Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on May 19, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ATALOA ROSE RUNS ABOVE, a 32-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of a minor. Sentencing has been set for August 18, 2010. She is currently detained.

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

In December 2009, a juvenile female disclosed that she had been sexually abused by RUNS ABOVE's husband when she was 14 years old - in August 2008 and into the fall of 2008. She stated that he had sexual intercourse with her four times at the home of RUNS ABOVE and her husband in Lame Deer. The sexual activity was arranged by RUNS ABOVE.

RUNS ABOVE's husband was interviewed and also provided a handwritten statement. He admitted that in August 2008 and into the fall that he had sexual intercourse with the victim three times. He stated that RUNS ABOVE set it up the first time by asking him if he would. He believed that the victim was 12 or 13-years-old at the time. He knew that she was too young and that he could go to jail, but he thought that he would not get caught.

RUNS ABOVE was interviewed and admitted arranging the sexual activity for her husband because she thought it would help his erectile dysfunction. At the time of the sexual activity, the victim was 14-years-old and her husband was 30-years-old. Both RUNS ABOVE and her husband are Indian persons and the events occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

BLACKWOLF faces possible penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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



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