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Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to Prison
for Sexually Abusing a Minor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Gregory Warren Second, 22, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation who resides in Mescalero, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to 24 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction for sexual abuse of a minor.  Second will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.  The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Steven C. Yarbrough and DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of BIA’s Office of Justice Services.

Second was arrested in Nov. 2012, on a criminal complaint alleging that in May 2012, he engaged in a sexual act with an Indian child between the ages of 12 and 16 years on the Mescalero Indian Reservation.  He has been in custody since his arrest.

On March 26, 2013, Second entered a guilty plea to a felony information charging him with sexual abuse of a minor and admitted that on May 22, 2012, he knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a 12-year-old child.

This case was investigated by the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, Mescalero Agency.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron O. Jordan of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, local and tribal resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc/.

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