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Utah 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 today that Pedro Lee Benally pled guilty to two counts of abusive sexual contact. Benally, 22, of Montezuma Creek, Utah, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, between April 1, 2022 and November 29, 2022, Benally engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe, a child who had not attained the age of 12 years, on multiple occasions. The incidents occurred at Jane Doe’s grandmother’s house in Shiprock and afterward Benally told Jane Doe not to tell anyone about his conduct.

At sentencing, Benally may face up to 23 years in prison and must register as a sex offender upon his 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 Caitlin L. Dillon is prosecuting the case.

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Updated November 3, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-258