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Man Sentenced to Life for Child Sexual Abuse on the Winnebago Indian Reservation

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Cyrus A. Free, an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a child on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. Free will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. 

Free, age 51, sexually abused the minor victim from approximately eight years old to fourteen. Free had a previous conviction for sexually abusing a child.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago Police Department and Special Agent Jeffrey Howard with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated October 3, 2019

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