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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 26, 2019

Okemah Man Sentenced To 8 Months For Abusive Sexual Contact With A Child In Indian Country

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tyler Leevan Hill, age 28, of Okemah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment, 6 months of home confinement upon his release from imprisonment, and 5 years of supervised release for Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child In Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 2244(a)(3) and 2246. As conditions of his supervised release, Hill will be required to register as a sex offender, he will not be allowed any unsupervised contact with minors, he will attend and successfully complete sex offender treatment, and he will submit to any polygraphs and DNA testing that are requested.  The charges arose from an investigation by the Muscogee Creek Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Indictment alleged that beginning on or about October 30, 2015 and continuing until on or about July 22, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did knowingly engage in sexual contact as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2246(3), with a person who had attained the age of 12 years, but had not attained the age of 16 years, and was at least four years younger than the defendant, with an intent to arouse and gratify the sexual desire of any person.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said.  “The courage required of a victim to come forward and talk to investigators and prosecutors should never be underestimated. Law enforcement professionals, despite our best efforts, cannot completely eliminate the stress and anxiety of having to relive the criminal actions of a defendant when remembering and talking about it. I applaud the victim in this case for being courageous.” 

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah McAmis represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 30, 2019