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Spirit Lake Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Aggravated Sexual Assault

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


FARGO - U. S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on Dec. 2, 2015, Alonzo Chico, 48, St. Michael, ND, pleaded guilty to two counts of abusive sexual contact of a minor and was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve 20 years in prison. Judge Erickson also sentenced Chico to serve 10 years supervised release and to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Chico lived in the home of the child-victim’s grandmother on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Sometime between the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011, Chico touched the child in private areas while the child lay sleeping and was startled awake. On another occasion during this same time frame, Chico grabbed the child by the arm and attempted to have the child touch him in his private area.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Assistant U. S. Attorney Janice Morley prosecuted this case.

Updated December 2, 2015

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