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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Man from Pueblo of Jemez sentenced to three years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Edward Ray Loretto was sentenced on Nov. 14 to three years and one month in prison for sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country. Loretto, 41, of Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Jemez, pleaded guilty on Aug. 12.

On July 27, 2020, at his girlfriend’s house on the Pueblo of Jemez, Loretto, engaged in sexual intercourse with his girlfriend’s younger sister, who was 15 years old. According to a criminal complaint, Loretto and another individual provided alcohol to the victim prior to the sexual assault.

Upon his release from prison, Loretto will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Pueblo of Jemez Police Department investigated this case. The United States Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
22-257
Updated November 15, 2022