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Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Yakima, Washington – Chief United States District Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Joseph Leonard Roy, age 58, of Mabton, Washington, to 252 months in federal prison for two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor. Roy pleaded guilty to those charges on November 29, 2022. Chief Judge Bastian also ordered Roy to serve an additional 20 years on federal supervision after he is released from prison.

According to court documents, between 2017 and 2018, Roy sexually molested two minors in a home on the Yakama Nation, where Roy had access to the victims. Roy was dating a relative of the victims at the time of the abuse, and this disturbing conduct continued until one of the victims spoke out to a trusted family member, who then contacted authorities, to report the exploitation.

Following the sentencing, Vanessa R. Waldref, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, stated, “My heart breaks for the victims in this case. I am grateful for their courage to come forward and engage with law enforcement to seek justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref. “Children deserve to live in a world where they feel safe -- free from abuse and the fear of abuse. Mr. Roy was held accountable today due to the joint efforts of the Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department, the FBI, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the community. By working together, we can continue to build trust and keep our communities safe and strong.”

“Mr. Roy’s unspeakable actions demonstrated that prison is where he belongs.” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office. “As a parent, I can think of nothing worse than what the victims had to endure. I applaud them for seeking help which led to this sentence and which will remove him from this community for more than twenty years.”

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

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michal Murphy.



Contact: Robert Curry

Public Affairs Specialist


Updated November 30, 2023

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