Seasonal employee admits sexually assaulting another employee while working in Glacier National Park
UPDATED March 5, 2021: For clarification, neither the defendant nor the victim was an employee of or affiliated with the National Park Service.
MISSOULA — A seasonal employee accused of sexually assaulting another seasonal worker in Glacier National Park admitted charges today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.
Eduardo Luis Diaz, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse during a hearing. Diaz faces a maximum life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided. Judge Molloy set sentencing for June 24. Diaz was released pending further proceedings.
The government alleged in court documents filed in the case that in July 2020, Diaz and the victim, identified as Jane Doe, were both seasonal employees working in Glacier National Park for a private contractor and living in employee housing. Doe became intoxicated at a party. After Doe had passed out, Diaz sexually assaulted Doe. Another resident of the dorm assisted Doe after the assault.
When interviewed by a National Park Service ranger, Diaz told the ranger that he had engaged in sex with Doe.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah Paisley is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the National Park Service.