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District of Arizona

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Second Mesa Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Child

     PHOENIX, Ariz. – This week, Louie Josytewa, of Second Mesa, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 27 years of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release.  Josytewa was convicted of two crimes at a jury trial earlier this year: (1) Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child, and (2) Offense by a Registered Sex Offender.

     In October 2016, Josytewa sexually abused the seven-year-old victim at a home on the Hopi Indian Reservation.  Josytewa – an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe – had been previously convicted of a sexual offense against a nine-year-old child in 1992.

     “This wasn’t Josytewa’s first time abusing a vulnerable victim, and he deserved every day of this sentence,” said Michael Bailey, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. “Prosecuting and preventing child sexual abuse in Indian Country continues to be a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services (Hopi Agency).  The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Powell and Alexander Samuels, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Press Release Number: 
2019-136_Josytewa
Updated November 19, 2019