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Stilwell Resident Sentenced To 30 Years For Aggravated Sexual Abuse

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 Bryan Udale Jones, age 63, of Stilwell, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 360 months for one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country.  Jones will also be required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The charges arose from investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 2, 2023, Jones pleaded guilty to the charge.  According to investigators, beginning in 2003 and continuing into 2010, Jones sexually assaulted a minor under the age of 12.  As part of the plea agreement, Jones admitted to additional assaults on three other minors over a span of 15 years.  The crimes occurred in Adair County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“Four innocent children suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of Bryan Jones.  He is both a danger and a disgrace, and now, thanks to the courage of the victims who came forward in this case, he will spend the rest of his natural life behind prison bars,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray.  “This sentence sends a clear message that the FBI and our law enforcement partners will not tolerate the abuse and exploitation of children.”

“Thanks to brave individuals with the courage to speak up and the diligent efforts of investigators and prosecutors, Bryan Udale Jones will effectively spend the rest of his life in prison,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.  “I want to thank our partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case and for their continued partnership in keeping our communities safe from child predators.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing.  Jones will remain in the 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 Nicole Paladino represented the United States.

Updated April 11, 2024

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