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Crownpoint Man Pleads Guilty to
Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE – Jimmie Edward Augustine, Sr., 69, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., Pueblo, pleaded guilty this morning to an abusive sexual contact charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Augustine was arrested on Nov. 6, 2013, on a two-count indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact with a child who had not attained the age of 12 years.  According to the indictment, Augustine committed the offenses between May 2011 and Sept. 2011, in a location within the Navajo Indian Reservation.

Today, Augustine pleaded guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact.  Augustine admitted engaging in a sexual act with a child who was under 12 years of age by intentionally touching the child’s genitals and buttocks.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Augustine will be sentenced to 24 months in prison to be followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  Augustine will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.  The sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Gallup Police Department with assistance from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito.  The case was brought 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 and local 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

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