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Box Elder man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing two children on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation

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

GREAT FALLS — A Box Elder man convicted by a federal jury of sexually abusing two children at a residence on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation was sentenced on June 25 to 30 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said today.

After a two-day trial, a jury found Shawn Saddler, Sr., 57, guilty on Feb. 7 of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.

“Saddler sexually abused little girls who were too young to understand what he was doing and too small to stop him. Saddler’s crimes inflicted serious trauma on them, and their lives will never be the same due to his abuse. I hope they find a small degree of comfort knowing he will rightfully spend the next 30 years in federal prison, where he will be unable to hurt them or any other children again,” U.S. Attorney Laslovich said.

The government alleged in court documents and at trial that in 2022 in a residence in Box Elder, on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, Saddler sexually molested and abused two girls multiple times. Both victims were under the age of 12 years at the time.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case. The FBI and Rocky Boy’s Police Department conducted the investigation.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated June 26, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-161