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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Ashland man admits sexually abusing minor girl on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

BILLINGS — An Ashland man admitted today to sexually abusing a minor girl on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Jordan Cody Washee, 30, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact. Washee faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and not less than five years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing was set for March 15, 2023. Judge Watters continued Washee’s release pending further proceedings.

The government alleged in court documents that the victim, identified as Jane Doe, reported that starting in 2011 and continuing through 2012, Washee sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions at her house on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Doe was between the ages of 11 and 13 at the time. Doe estimated the sexual abuse happened 15 to 20 times. The government further alleged that when interviewed by law enforcement in March 2022, Washee initially denied the allegations, then said it happened only once. He later admitted that Doe was telling the truth about the multiple incidents of abuse. At the hearing, Washee disputed the number of times the abuse occurred.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Contact: 
Clair Johnson Howard Public Affairs Officer 406-247-4623
Press Release Number: 
22-265
Updated October 27, 2022