Tyler Dale Medicine Horse, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 27, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TYLER DALE MEDICINE HORSE, Jr., a 27-year-old resident of Busby, pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Sentencing has been set for October 25, 2012. He is currently detained.
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 March 4 and 5, 2012, MEDICINE HORSE was drinking alcohol with the 15-year-old victim and some of the victim's friends at his home near Busby, which is within the boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. All became intoxicated.
During the early morning hours when the victim woke up, her pants had been removed and MEDICINE HORSE was having sexual intercourse with her. The victim told MEDICINE HORSE to stop - he did not. When the victim returned to her home, she immediately reported the sexual assault. She was taken to the IHS clinic in Lame Deer and a sexual assault examination was performed. MEDICINE HORSE was found to be the source of the male DNA recovered during the examination.
MEDICINE HORSE was interviewed twice during the investigation. He admitted that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim, that he knew she was 15-years-old, and that it was wrong to engage in sexual intercourse with her.
MEDICINE HORSE faces possible penalties of 15 years 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.