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Pontotoc County Resident Sentenced For Abusive Sexual Contact And Sexual Abuse Of A Minor 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 Nathan Dale Smith, age 33, of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country and 24 months in prison for one count of Abusive Sexual Contact in Indian Country.  The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

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

On September 9, 2022, a federal jury found Smith guilty of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country and Abusive Sexual Contact in Indian Country.  During the trial, the United States presented evidence that Smith sexually abused a female child under the age of 16 over the course of two years. Once the abuse was disclosed, the Defendant sent an incriminating text message to the victim’s mother apologizing for his actions.

“I commend the Ada Police Department and the FBI for their cooperative work in investigating this case,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.  “Their efforts allowed Assistant United States Attorneys from our Special Victims Unit to obtain a measure of justice for the victim.”

The crimes occurred in Pontotoc County, within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings in Muskogee.  Smith 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 Attorneys Morgan Muzljakovich and Nicole Paladino represented the United States.


Updated September 29, 2023

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