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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Men Plead Guilty in Two Separate Sexual Assault Cases

Two men have pleaded guilty in separate sexual assault cases, one that occurred in Bartlesville and the other in Tulsa, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

On July 8, 2022, Yakir Yakov Zofi, 32, a New York resident and Israeli national, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat in Indian Country. Zofi raped a woman on Nov. 21, 2021, at a Bartlesville residence. The defendant is a non-Indian, and the victim is a tribal citizen. The FBI and Bartlesville Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron M. Jolly and Steven J. Briden are prosecuting the case.

On July 11, 2022, Shawn Alexander Simpson, 52, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of an incapable victim in Indian Country and abusive sexual contact of an incapable victim in Indian Country. Simpson admitted that on July 18, 2021, while the victim was sleeping in a Tulsa apartment, he touched the victim in a sexual manner over her clothes then put his genitalia into her mouth, which woke her. The defendant is non-Indian, and the victim is a tribal citizen. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Valeria G. Luster and Steven J. Briden are prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated July 14, 2022