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Arizona Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Assault

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

ALBUQUERQUE – An Arizona man was sentenced to 20 years in the Bureau of Prisons for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl on the Navajo Nation reservation.

There is no parole in the federal system.

Darwin Chee, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, used threats of force and the fear of serious bodily injury to repeatedly sexually assault Jane Doe, a child relative within his care, at a residence located within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Chee will be required to serve a lifetime of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Mark A. Probasco prosecuted the case.

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Updated June 11, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-207