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Ohkay Owingeh Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Dwayne Calvert pleaded guilty in federal court to sexual abuse. Calvert, 34, an enrolled member of Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

According to publicly available court records, on July 2, 2022, Calvert spent the night in the living room of a friend’s home on the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh. Jane Doe was also asleep in that living room. Knowing that Jane Doe was passed out and unable to provide her consent to sexual intercourse, Calvert vaginally penetrated Jane Doe. When the homeowners confronted Calvert during the rape, Calvert fled the home.

At sentencing, Calvert faces five years in prison. Upon his release from prison, Calvert will be subject to a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime term of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Jones is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 28, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-86