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Chinle Man Sentenced to Sixteen Years for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Elbert Leonard Cly, 45, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to 16 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor. The sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to a 15-year sentence that Cly is currently serving in the Texas Department of Corrections for sexually abusing another minor. Cly previously pleaded guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child.

Between 2008 and 2010, Cly sexually abused the victim while living with the victim’s family on the Navajo Nation. Cly is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. Years later, the victim came forward after Cly was convicted for sexually abusing another child in Texas. Federal authorities commenced an investigation into the allegations, took Cly into federal custody, and transported him to Arizona to face these charges. After Cly finishes serving his state and federal prison terms, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. William G. Voit, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR 18-08314-GMS
RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-062_Cly

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Updated September 21, 2021

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2021-062_Cly