Federal Jury Convicts Tahlequah Resident Of Multiple Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse And Exploitation Of Her Children In Indian Country
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Brett Dewayne Cole, age 33, of Ringold, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country and one count of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child in Indian Country. The jury trial began on Monday, March 6, 2023, and concluded on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
During the trial, the United States presented evidence that the defendant engaged in sexual acts with a minor victim, who had not reached the age of 12, on at least two occasions from January of 2019 through May of 2019.
The guilty verdicts were the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the victim in this case is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in McCurtain County, within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation Reservation and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following completion of the report. Cole was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending the imposition of sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorneys Hannah Jones and Casey Richmond represented the United States.