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Manderson Man Convicted by Jury of Sexual Abuse

June 23, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced today that on June 23, 2011, Leo Villarreal was convicted by a jury in federal court on one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse and one count of Sexual Abuse. Villarreal, age 37, was originally indicted in August 2010 after an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The maximum penalty upon conviction of each count is any term of years up to life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Johnson said the charges relate to incidents occurring in March 2010 when Villarreal sexually assaulted a child under the age of 16 and an adult woman. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Eric Kelderman and Britt Haxton. A sentencing date has not yet been set.




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