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Muskogee Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse In Indian Country

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 announced that Joshua Townsley, age 29, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Sexual Abuse in Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1151, 1152, 2242(2) and 2246(2)(A), punishable by up to life imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. 

The Information alleged that in or about August 2020, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, did knowingly cause and attempt to cause P.T., an Indian, to engage in a sexual act as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2246, to wit: penetration, however slight, between the penis and vulva, when the defendant well knew, at that time P.T. was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct, physically incapable of declining participation in the aforementioned sexual act, and was physically incapable of communicating unwillingness to engage in the aforementioned sexual act

The charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant United States Attorney Sarah McAmis represented the United States.

Updated December 9, 2020

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