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Tucson Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Monday, Orlando Miguel Valenzuela, 28, of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10, 2023, before United States District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson.

Valenzuela, an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, admitted that when he was 18 or 19 years old and living on the Pascua Yaqui reservation, he engaged in sexual acts with a minor who was 11 or younger.

The plea agreement requires Valenzuela to serve 5-10 years in federal prison. After completing his prison sentence, Valenzuela will be placed on lifetime supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The Pascua Yaqui Police Department and the FBI conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Micah Schmit, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-22-0682-TUC-CKJ (DTF)
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-009_Valenzuela

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Updated January 26, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2023-009_Valenzuela