You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Navajo Man Sentenced to 20 Years Prison for Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force

     PHOENIX– On March 26, 2019, Frankie Nez, 38, of Sanders, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 20 years in prison, followed by life time supervised release. Nez had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse by force.

     On Feb. 25, 2018, Nez forced his way into the elderly victim’s home and sexually assaulted her. Nez and the victim are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Navajo Nation Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:           CR-18-08090-PCT-SPL 

RELEASE NUMBER:    2019-038_Nez


# # #


For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit

Follow the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, on Twitter @USAO_AZ for the latest news.


Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
2019-038_Nez / CR-18-08090-PCT-SPL
Updated March 28, 2019