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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mandaree Man Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse and Attempted Tampering with a Witness

BISMARCK – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on June 21, 2017, a federal jury convicted Kalolo Nathaniel Iu, 28, Mandaree, ND, on charges of Sexual Abuse and Attempted Tampering with a Witness.

Evidence presented at trial showed that between November 20, 2016, and November 21, 2016, Kalolo Iu physically assaulted and sexually abused the mother of his children on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Specifically, on November 20, 2016, Iu punched and kicked the victim multiple times and, because of this assault, the victim sustained several bruises across her body, including a black eye that was swollen shut. The next morning, on November 21, 2016, approximately twelve hours after assaulting the victim, Iu climbed on top of and engaged in forcible sexual intercourse with the victim. introduced at trial also demonstrated that when Iu got on top of and engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim, she told Iu “no.” She tried to push Iu away using her hands and legs, and held up her underwear as the defendant pulled them down because she was scared that Iu would physically assault her again. She was also in substantial pain as a result of Iu assaulting her the previous night.

On March 10, 2017, law enforcement arrested Iu on the federal sexual abuse warrant. Subsequent to Iu’s arrest on this warrant, and in order to influence and prevent the victim’s testimony at trial, Iu contacted the victim multiple times. Specifically, when Iu spoke with the victim, he attempted to intimidate, threaten, and persuade her to both lie to law enforcement and to drop the sexual abuse charge against him.

Furthermore, evidence introduced at trial demonstrated that Iu had previously physically assaulted, threatened, and stalked the victim and, on January 5, 2012, because of one of these prior physical assaults, Iu received a federal conviction for Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Sentencing for Kalolo Iu has been scheduled for October 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Bismarck, ND.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan O’Konek prosecuted the case.

 

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated June 22, 2017