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Acoma Pueblo Man Sentenced to Forty-One Months in Federal Prison for Child Sex Abuse Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE –Terrence Joseph Kie, 34, a member and resident of the Acoma Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced yesterday to 41 months in federal prison to be followed by seven years of supervised release for his child sexual abuse conviction.  Kie also will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. 

Kie’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, DuWayne W. Honahni, Sr., Special Agent in Charge of District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Chief Vincent Mariano of the Acoma Tribal Police Department.

Kie was charged with the child sex abuse in an indictment that was filed In Sept. 2012.  He was arrested on Sept. 13, 2012, and has been in federal custody since that time.   On Dec. 17, 2012, Kie pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 and admitted that on Aug. 9, 2011, he had unlawful sexual contact with a nine-year-old child by placing his hand on the child’s clothed genitalia and touching the child’s clothed genitalia.  Kie admitted that this unlawful conduct occurred on Acoma Pueblo. 

The case was investigated by the Southern Pueblos Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Acoma Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito.

Updated January 26, 2015