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GREAT FALLS – A Browning man accused of sexually abusing two children on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation admitted charges today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Jonathan Cadotte, 60, pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Cadotte faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Judge Morris set sentencing for Dec. 8. Cadotte was detained pending further proceedings.
The government alleged in court documents that from about September 2019 to September 2020 in the Browning area on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Cadotte engaged in a sexual act by force against a victim, identified as Jane Doe 1, and that from 1993 to about 1998, also in the Browning area, Cadotte engaged in a sexual act with a victim, identified as Jane Doe 2, who had not yet reached 12 years of age.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah A. Paisley is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.
Clair J. Howard
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