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White Swan Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

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

Yakima, Washington – United States District Judge Mary K. Dimke sentenced Jeremiah Bobb, age 27, of White Swan, Washington, to 180 months in federal prison for one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor and 40 years in prison for one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. The sentences will run concurrently. Bobb was convicted of those crimes on July 31, 2023, following a multi-day jury trial. United States District Judge Dimke also ordered Bobb to a lifetime of federal supervision after he is released from prison.

According to court documents, between 2016 and 2017, Bobb sexually assaulted two minors in a home on the Yakima Nation, where Bobb and the victims lived.

Bobb’s trial began on July 24, 2023. After testimony from numerous witnesses, the jury convicted Bobb of both charges on July 31, 2023. During the trial it was revealed by witnesses that for years Bobb had engaged in a pattern of sexually assaulting or attempting to sexually assault vulnerable females in the households where he had been staying.

 “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. Bobb 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.”

“Two children’s lives were forever impacted by Mr. Bobb’s grievous actions.” said Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office. “Our hope is they find the support they need going forward and some comfort knowing he is in prison. Protecting children in Washington state from predators like Mr. Bobb is one of the top priorities for the FBI and our partners.”

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


Robert Curry

Public Affairs Specialist

Updated November 21, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice