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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s Office March 15, 2013
  • Western District of Michigan (616) 456-2404

MARQUETTE, MI—Brian Paul Loonsfoot, 31, of Baraga, Michigan, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for sexual abuse of a minor, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell ordered Loonsfoot to serve 10 years of supervised release following his release from prison and to pay a $100 special assessment. Loonsfoot’s sentence to custody will begin after his release from the Wisconsin prison system, where he is serving a sentence for sexual abuse of the same victim. Loonsfoot had pled guilty to the federal charge last November.

The investigation of this case revealed that Loonsfoot, who was 28 years old at the time of the offense, had sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl who was a close friend of his family. These sexual acts occurred in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and on the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Reservation. Loonsfoot was prosecuted by Brown County, Wisconsin authorities for his offenses in Green Bay. In September 2011, Loonsfoot pleaded guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault of a child under 16. He was sentenced to seven years of confinement by the Brown County Circuit Court in December 2011.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.