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Laveen Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Fred Damien Acunia, 27, of Laveen, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to 188 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release.  

Between November 26, 2020, and November 25, 2021, Acunia engaged in sexual contact with the victim, who was under the age of 12 years old at the time of the offense. Acunia pleaded guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor on August 14, 2023.       

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Gila River Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Raynette Logan and Vinnie Lichvar, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-01692-PHX-SMB
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-038_Acunia

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Zach J. Stoebe
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Updated March 26, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2024-038_Acunia