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Man Sentenced to Over 21 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Assaulting a Child on the Menominee Indian Reservation

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

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin,announced that Gerald “Doon” Pamaska (age: 55) received a sentence of 258 months in federal prison following a conviction for sexually assaulting a child on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

The sentence, imposed on July 24, 2023, by Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach, was the result of a guilty plea entered by Pamaska on April 21, 2023. Following his prison sentence, Pamaska will serve the remainder of his life on supervised release.

According to court documents, in the summer of 2019, Pamaska, who formerly resided in Keshena, Wisconsin, sexually abused a then-9-year-old girl in a hotel room on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The abuse was disclosed in April 2022. An FBI agent and tribal detective located the defendant in a Kansas jail and interviewed him there. The defendant admitted the offense and corroborated much of what the girl said about the timing and location of the crime.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Griesbach noted the obvious need for a significant sentence for a “horrendous offense.” Judge Griesbach based the sentence on the magnitude of the offense and noted a strong need to protect the public from the defendant. Judge Griesbach also remarked upon the need to send a strong message to deter “anyone but the undeterrable” from committing similar actions.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, with assistance from the Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier prosecuted the case in United States District Court in Green Bay.

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Updated July 25, 2023