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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Arizona

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of Two Girls

     TUCSON, Ariz. – Today, Anthony Ray Shirley, 29, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by Chief District Judge Raner C. Collins to 360 months in prison. Shirley, a member of the Tohono O’Odham Nation, was convicted by a federal jury on Oct. 28, 2016 of four counts of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact. Shirley’s imprisonment will be followed by lifetime federal supervised release and he will be required to register as a sex offender.


     The evidence at trial was that Shirley had molested two young victims, who are members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.


     The investigation in this case was conducted by both the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Micah Schmit and Carolyn Nedder, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.



RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-015_Shirley


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Updated February 17, 2017