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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Navajo Man Sentenced To 300 Months Prison For Producing Images Of Child Pornography

PHOENIX – On Dec. 11, 2013, Carl Carlson, 46, of Teesto, Arizona – a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborgto a total of 300 months in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Carlson is also required to register as a sex offender in compliance with federal, state and local laws.

             In January 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a report that a Navajo man was in possession of photographs of child pornography.  Through further investigation, agents determined that Carlson had sexually assaulted several juvenile victims while they were under his care on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.  Carlson took photographs while he sexually assaulted the children.  He had these images developed and kept them until they were discovered and turned over to law enforcement.  Carlson pled guilty on May 15, 2013, to Production of Child Pornography and Abusive Sexual Conduct. 

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Flagstaff Resident Office. The prosecution was handled by Melissa B. Karlen, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-12-8248-PHX-JAT  
RELEASE NUMBER:   2013-096_Carlson

For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/

Updated January 7, 2015