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Farmington Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Willard Haven Dedios pleaded guilty in federal court to sexual abuse of an incapacitated person. Dedios, 60, of Farmington, and an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Dedios on Nov. 9, 2022. In his plea agreement, Dedios admitted that on May 26, 2022, he engaged in a sexual act with Jane Doe while she was unconscious and that he took photos of his acts and Jane Doe’s condition.

At sentencing, Dedios faces up to life in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Jicarilla Apache Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting 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 Justice.gov/PSC.

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Updated February 23, 2024

Topic
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-79