Navajo Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child in San Ildefonso Pueblo
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 14, 2014|
ALBUQUERQUE—Samuel Billy, 49, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in El Rancho, New Mexico, which is located in San Ildefonso Pueblo, was sentenced this morning to 20 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for his child sexual abuse conviction. Billy will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentenced. The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.
Billy was arrested on January 7, 2013 on a criminal complaint alleging that he sexually abused a child less than 12 years old in early November 2012. According to the complaint, Billy sexually abused the child victim, who was left in his care, in his residence in San Ildefonso Pueblo on at least two occasions. Billy subsequently was charged in a four-count superseding indictment with three counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact. The indictment alleged that Billy sexually abused the child victim on four separate occasions between November 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, in a location within San Ildefonso Pueblo.
On September 12, 103, Billy pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with sexual abuse. During his plea hearing, Billy admitted touching the child victim’s genitals while the victim was sleeping and incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct.
This case was investigated by the Santa Fe office of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/.