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Monday, August 22, 2016

Navajo Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Child Molestation

     PHOENIX – Today, Raymond S. Tsosie, 53, of Burnside, Ariz., a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 229 months in prison.  Tsosie had previously pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years old.                 

     Tsosie’s conduct included sexually abusing a five-year-old girl, an eight-year-old girl, and a nine-year-old girl in 2014.  Tsosie was also ordered to have 20 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, which will include sex offender treatment and registration.  All victims are members of the Navajo Nation and all incidents occurred on the Navajo Reservation.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Gayle L. Helart, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix. 


CASE NUMBER:           CR-15-08165-PCT-DJH 

RELEASE NUMBER:    2016-065_ Tsosie


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CR-15-08165-PCT-DJH / 2016-065_ Tsosie
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated August 22, 2016