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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Navajo Man from Churchrock Sentenced to Prison for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

Defendant Prosecuted Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Adrian Tom, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 37 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Tom will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.


On March 29, 2017, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M. In entering his guilty plea, Tom admitted that in March 2010, he engaged in sexual contact with an eight-year-old Indian child while on the Navajo Indian Reservation.


This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease 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

Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 1, 2017