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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 24, 2018

Keshena Man Sentenced to 200 Months in Prison for Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child on Menominee Indian Reservation

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced that Ricki A. Mahkimetas, Jr. (age: 25), of Keshena, was sentenced on August 22, 2018 to 200 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release after a conviction for Abusive Sexual Contact on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The sentence was the result of a June 1, 2018, guilty plea before Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.

The investigation revealed that Mahkimetas, an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, engaged in sexual contact with a Native American female who was under the age of 12.  Mahkimetas caused the girl to have contact with his penis for the purpose of his own sexual gratification. Further investigation led to the discovery of at least two other Native American females under the age of 12 with whom Mahkimetas engaged in sexual contact.

In sentencing Mahkimetas, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the offense, which he described as “horrendous.” Chief Judge Griesbach also observed the impact the offense had on the victims’ families and the Menominee Indian community as a whole. The court also noted Mahkimetas’ abuse of trust, of both the child victims and their parents.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

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Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig at 414 297-1700

Updated August 24, 2018