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Kewa Pueblo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Quincy Coriz, 39, a member and resident of Kewa Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for abusive sexual contact of a child under the age of 16.  Coriz will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

Coriz was arrested on March 11, 2015, on an indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact in summer 2013, in Indian Country in Sandoval County, N.M.

On May 7, 2015, Coriz pled guilty to the indictment and admitted to sexually assaulting the victim, by making sexual contact with the victim over the clothing.  The victim is a tribal member who was under the age of 16 but over the age of 12.

This case was investigated by the BIA’s office of Justice Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams 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

Updated February 4, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice