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Press Release

Pine Hill Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Tony Jake Jr. pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. Jake, 75, of Pine Hill, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain on conditions of release pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court records, on May 28, 2022, Jane Doe, a child under the age of 12, reported to her mother that she had been sexually assaulted by a man she did not know during a church service. Special Agents from the FBI responded and began interviewing individuals who had seen Jane Doe that day. One witness reported that they had noticed Jane Doe was not with the other children and when they went to find her, they found her with Jake and that Jane Doe was visibly upset.

In his plea agreement, Jake admitted that he had approached Jane Doe, that he touched her inappropriately and that she was upset by his conduct.

At sentencing, Jake faces any term of years up to life in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Department of Investigation and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Updated November 14, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-264