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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Wyoming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

FORT WASHAKIE MAN CHARGED WITH ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT

United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that ROBERT LEE LOWERY, 51, of Fort Washakie, Wyoming was charged with sexual abuse of a minor and attempted sexual abuse of a minor. Lowery appeared for an arraignment hearing on February 25, 2022, before United States Magistrate Judge Kelly H. Rankin and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial has been set for April 25, 2022, before Chief United States District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl.

If convicted, Lowery faces thirty years to life imprisonment; five years to life of supervised release; up to a $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, per charge. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime is being investigated by the Wind River Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Christyne M. Martens is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Case No. 21-00049-SWS

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Contact: Lori Hogan (Contractor) United States Attorney Spokesman Office: 307-772-2124 Email: usawy.pio@usdoj.gov Twitter: @usaowy
Press Release Number: 
22-016
Updated March 8, 2022