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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Isleta Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge

Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Juan Larry Lujan, 63, a member and resident of Isleta Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to an abusive sexual contact charge.

Lujan was arrested in Feb. 2016, on an indictment charging with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12, on the Isleta Pueblo in Valencia County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Lujan pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact.  In entering the guilty plea, Lujan admitted sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 sometime between Nov. 30, 2011 through Nov. 30, 2013. 

At sentencing, Lujan faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender.  A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI.   The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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

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Updated November 16, 2016