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Vian Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted Sexual Abuse Of Minor

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 Donald Lee Blackbird, age 59, of Vian, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to Attempted Sexual Abuse Of A Minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 2243(a) and 2246, punishable by not more than 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both. 

The Indictment alleged that on or about April 3, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country on an allotment, the title to which had not yet been extinguished, the defendant, an Indian, did knowingly attempt to engage in a sexual act as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2246(2), with S.B., a person who has attained the age of 12 years, but has not attained the age of 16 years and was at least four years younger than defendant, with an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service 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 Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Updated August 31, 2018

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