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Pinedale Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for 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, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Sheldon Livingston was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Livingston, 23, of Pinedale, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pled guilty to abusive sexual contact of a child under 12 on April 18, 2023.

According to court documents, in December 2020, Livingston engaged in a sexual act with a child who had not attained the age of 12. The victim disclosed the abuse to a forensic interviewer in April 2021. According to the victim, Livingston was told to stop, but he did not; instead, he told the victim to “be quiet.” The victim was eventually able to push Livingston off and run away. Following the incident, Livingston attempted to remain in contact with the victim, but they refused.

When confronted by police, Livingston downplayed his criminality, expressing he mainly just kissed and held hands with the victim, and that everything was done with consent. Livingston denied that the victim told him to stop but did admit that he told them not to tell anyone.

Upon his release from prison, Livingston will be subject to five years of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary C. Jones is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 13, 2023

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-220