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A Tulsa man was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frizzell sentenced Ronald Paul Phillippe, 59, of Tulsa to 156 months imprisonment, followed by lifetime supervised release.
According to court documents, from Sept. 2018 through Oct. 2021, Phillippe knowingly sexually abused a child under 12 years old. Phillippe is an enrolled member of Cherokee Nation. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.
The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie N. Ihler prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.