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

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Navajo Man From Chichilta, N.M., Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Child Sex Abuse Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Timothy Ignacio Duboise, 28, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Chichilta, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon to ten years in federal prison followed by six years of supervised release for his aggravated child sexual abuse conviction.   Duboise will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, the FBI initiated a criminal investigation into Duboise after the Navajo Division of Social Service reported an allegation of child sexual assault.  Duboise was arrested on July 30, 2012, and has been in federal custody since that time.

Duboise pleaded guilty on Feb. 27, 2013, to an aggravated sexual abuse charge and admitted that, between July 15, 2011 and Aug. 15, 2011, he sexually assaulted a Navajo child by touching the child’s genitals.  Duboise further admitted that the sexual assault occurred on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and with the assistance of the Navajo Division of Social Services.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacob A. Wishard 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 January 26, 2015