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Sexual Abuser Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Vandrick Yazzie, 34, of Red Mesa, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 180 months in prison. Yazzie pleaded guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child. 

Between 2018 and 2019, Yazzie, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, sexually abused the minor victim while she was in his care on the Navajo Nation. After Yazzie finishes serving his prison term, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life, and required to register as a sex offender.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Juan County New Mexico Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR 21-08132-PCT-DLR
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-137_Yazzie

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Zachry Stoebe
Telephone:  (602) 514-7413

Updated September 22, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2023-137_Yazzie