Federal Jury Convicts Plummer Man of Sexual Abuse
COEUR D’ALENE – Jeremy J. Bohlman, 37, of Plummer, Idaho, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Coeur d'Alene of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Bohlman was indicted on December 12, 2015.
During the three-day trial, the jury heard evidence that Bohlman used force or fear against a female to cause her to engage in sexual intercourse. Bohlman argued that the act was consensual. However, after three hours of deliberation, the jury rejected that theory and found him guilty of both counts.
Bohlman had previously been convicted of sexual abuse of a minor and failure to register as a sex offender. All cases have been tried in U.S. District Court because Bohlman is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
"The jury's verdict sends the clear message that sexual assault victims will be heard and believed," said Olson. "This office is committed to working with federal and tribal law enforcement to provide justice for Native American women who are victims of sexual assault."
Bohlman faces up to life in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to a life term of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for December 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.
The case was investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.