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Pine Hill Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A Pine Hill man was sentenced to 48 months in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on May 28, 2022, Tony Jake Jr., 75, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, approached seven-year-old Jane Doe as she played outside a church she attended with her grandmother. Jake separated Doe from other children playing nearby and put his hand down the front of her pants.

Around this time, Doe's grandmother noticed she was not with the other children and began looking for her, eventually finding her with Jake. Shortly after, Doe's mother picked her up from her grandmother. Doe told her mother what Jake had done to her, and Doe's mother rushed her to the hospital.

Doe underwent an examination and later a forensic interview where she described in detail Jake's abusive actions.

Jake admitted his conduct to an FBI agent when questioned and later pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Jake will be required to serve 5 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Gallup 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 June 7, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-201