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McAlester Resident Sentenced For Sexually Abusing A Child

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

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announces that Bruce Lee Montes, age 34, of McAlester, Oklahoma, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for sexually abusing a minor in Indian Country.

The charges arose from investigations by the McAlester Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On May 5, 2022, Montes pleaded guilty to one count of Sexual Abuse in Indian Country. At the plea hearing, the defendant admitted that in 2013 he engaged in a sexual act with a child under the age of twelve.

"The victim in this case should have never been made to suffer such torment at the hands of Bruce Montes,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “His 25-year prison sentence is a testament to the dedication of the FBI and our law enforcement partners to bringing child predators to justice.”

“The defendant violated the person and the trust of a child,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson. “The twenty-five-year prison sentence imposed by the Court holds the defendant accountable for the unspeakable physical and emotional trauma he inflicted on this innocent victim.”

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted this case because the defendant is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Pittsburg County, within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation Reservation and the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable David C. Joseph, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, sitting by assignment, presided over the hearing in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Montes will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Caila M. Cleary represented the United States.

Updated June 1, 2023

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