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Zuni Pueblo Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Joshua Lasiloo, 32, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to eight years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on a child sexual abuse charge.  Lasiloo will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence. 

Lasiloo was arrested on Oct. 23, 2015, on a three-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 years from March 2013 through Sept. 2013, in Indian Country in McKinley County, N.M.

On May 12, 2016, Lasiloo pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact of a minor.  In entering the guilty plea, Lasiloo admitted that from March 20, 2013 through Sept. 21, 2013, he sexually abused the victim who was under the age of 12 years.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Raquel Ruiz-Velez prosecuted the case as part of 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 November 1, 2016

Indian Country Law and Justice
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