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Twenty-Nine-Year-Old Pascua Yaqui Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Molesting Fellow Tribal Member 10 Years Earlier

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Orlando Miguel Valenzuela, 29, of Tucson, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 10 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release. Valenzuela pleaded guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact on January 23, 2023.

In August 2019, the victim reported several instances of sexual abuse committed by Valenzuela that had occurred between 2013-2014, when the victim was under 12 years old and Valenzuela was over 18 years old. Valenzuela was located by law enforcement and indicted in April 2022. When Valenzuela is released from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pascua Yaqui Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Micah Schmit, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           22-CR-0682-TUC-CKJ
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-173_Valenzuela

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Zach J. Stoebe
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Updated November 9, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 2023-173_Valenzuela