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Sexual abuse of boy on Crow Indian Reservation sends Crow Agency man to prison for 30 months

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

BILLINGS  — A Crow Agency man who admitted to sexually abusing a boy in Lodge Grass, on the Crow Indian Reservation, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Nathaniel Bartell Plainbull, 34, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a minor.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

The government alleged in court documents that in June 2021, Plainbull and others were drinking and socializing on the Crow Indian Reservation and eventually went to a Lodge Grass residence where some continued to drink. Later, a woman opened a bedroom door and saw Plainbull, naked, on the bed with the victim, identified as John Doe, who was under the age of 16 at the time. The woman reported to law enforcement in March 2022 what she had seen in June 2021 while being interviewed on another matter. FBI agents interviewed John Doe, who described sexual abuse by Plainbull.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek prosecuted the case. The FBI conducted the investigation.




Clair Johnson Howard

Public Affairs Officer


Updated July 13, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-217