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Bapchule Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison for Receiving One Image of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

     PHOENIX – Today, Angel Xavier Catha, 21, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 97 months in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release.  Catha had previously pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography and will be required to register as a sex offender. 

     Catha admitted to pursuing a sexual relationship with the 13-year-old victim while living on the Gila River Indian Community.  Both the victim and Catha are enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community.  Over that period, Catha repeatedly requested that the victim provide him with child pornography.  Catha ultimately received one image of child pornography, which was sent via Facebook.  Judge Snow increased Catha’s sentence to account for his subsequent sexual abuse of the victim. 

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Ducat Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-18-501-PHX-GMS

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-093_Catha


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Updated July 30, 2018

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2018-093_Catha / CR-18-501-PHX-GMS