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Cherokee Man Is Sentenced To More Than Four Years For Sexually Abusing A Minor On Indian Reservation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – David Paul George Sr., 56, of Cherokee, N.C., was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. also ordered George to serve 15 years under court supervision, and to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.

Chief Doug Pheasant, of the Cherokee Indian Police Department, joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, between March and May 2018, George, who is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, sexually abused a minor female entrusted in his care.  As George previously admitted in court, the defendant sexually abused the victim on multiple occasions.  The sexual abuse took place in Swain County, within the boundaries of the Indian reservation.  

George has been in federal custody since June 2019. He will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray thanked the Cherokee Indian Police Department for their investigation of this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pritchard, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, prosecuted the case.

Updated February 3, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice