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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Member of Nambe Pueblo pleads guilty in federal court to abusive sexual contact in Indian Country

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –Yvon Loretto, of Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 11th to abusive sexual contact in Indian Country.

            According to Loretto’s plea agreement, he sexually abused the minor victim between October 1, 2016, and October 31, 2016, in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, within the boundaries of the Nambe Pueblo Reservation. Loretto, an enrolled member of Nambe Pueblo, admitted in a plea agreement to causing intentional and unlawful sexual contact with a minor under the age of twelve with the intent to gratify Loretto’s sexual desires.

            Loretto is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.  He faces from 60 to 180 months in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.  Additionally, should the court accept the plea agreement, Loretto will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

            The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Spindle is prosecuting the case.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
Scott Howell Public Affairs Officer Office of the U.S. Attorney District of New Mexico (505) 379-9888
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Updated August 12, 2020