Floyd Hiwalker Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 19, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, FLOYD HIWALKER, a 54-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to assault on a child under the age of 16. Sentencing has been set for October 21, 2011. He is currently released on special conditions.
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 September 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Office in Billings received a report of a possible abuse allegation regarding a child from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The allegation was that a child, whose name is not listed to protect her privacy, d/o/b __/__/00 was abused by HIWALKER, her mother's boyfriend. The allegation included information that when the child disclosed the abuse to her mother, the mother took the child and a younger sibling to Utah and gave custody of them to relatives, rather than end her relationship with HIWALKER. Since the original indictment was returned, the couple have married.
The child reported being touched over her clothing by HIWALKER during the time period in question. When interviewed, HIWALKER admitted that on one occasion he had touched the child on her buttocks when he was putting her to bed.
HIWALKER faces possible penalties of 1 year in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.