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Vanderwagon Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years for Federal Child Sex Abuse Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Darryle R. Dennison, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagon, N.M., was sentenced this morning to 14 years in prison followed by ten of supervised release for his aggravated sexual abuse conviction.  Dennison will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentenced. 

Dennison’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and Director John Billison of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

Dennison was arrest on June 7, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a child less than 12 years old on June 4, 2013, in a location within the Navajo Indian Reservation, in McKinley County, N.M.  On March 18, 2014, Dennison pled guilty to a felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and admitted engaging in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12 years.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI with assistance from the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glynette R. Carson McNabb and Presiliano A. Torrez.

The case was brought pursuant to Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated January 26, 2015