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Tohajiilee Man Sentenced to 67 Months in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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 Christian Apachito was sentenced to 67 months in prison. Apachito, 28, of Tohajiilee, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor on February 15, 2023

According to court documents, on November 11, 2020, Apachito, who was 25 years old at the time, sexually assaulted the victim who was younger than 16 and older than 12 years old. In his plea agreement, Apachito admitted that he knew the victim was a minor at the time of the assault. At sentencing, the court found that Apachito’s sentencing range was 135 to 168 months’ imprisonment, based in part on the court’s conclusion that Apachito used force during the assault. 

The United States recommended that Apachito receive a sentence of 144 months incarceration. Apachito was sentenced to 67 months in prison and ten years of supervised release. Upon his release from prison, Apachito must register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the FBI Albuquerque Field Office with assistance from the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Bell is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 20, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-233