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Lame Deer man admits sexually abusing boy on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

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

BILLINGS — A Lame Deer man today admitted to allegations that he sexually abused a minor boy over several years on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Loy Matthew Bryant, 51, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Bryant faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and not less than five years to a lifetime of supervised release.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Bryant was detained pending further proceedings.

In court documents, the government alleged that Bryant engaged in sexual relations with the victim, identified as John Doe, who was between the ages 12 years and 16 years, for several years. In September 2022, John Doe, age 17, disclosed that Bryant started sexually abusing him when he was in about the sixth grade. When interviewed by law enforcement, Bryant admitted to having sexual relations with the victim.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.



Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated March 2, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Release Number: 23-73