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

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

BILLINGS — A Lame Deer man today admitted to sexually abusing a child in 2015 on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Jordan Joseph Backer, 26, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact. Backer faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other sentencing factors. Backer was detained pending further proceedings.

The government alleged that in 2021, law enforcement received a cybertip from Facebook that indicated an account associated with Backer had an image of suspected sexual abuse of a child, resembling Jane Doe. Law enforcement responded to Backer’s residence but were unable to make any determinations about the child’s identity or what had happened. In September 2022, Jane Doe disclosed that Backer had sexually abused her in 2015, when she was approximately six years old and visiting family on the reservation. When interviewed, Backer admitted to sexually abusing Jane Doe.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno B. Baucus is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Northern Cheyenne Investigative Services.

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Clair Johnson Howard

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Updated February 16, 2023

Topic
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-59