Nebraska Man Pleads Guilty to One Count of Statutory Rape
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 19, 2009|
United States Attorney Deborah Gilg and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs announce the following information for the attention of the media:
Event Triggering this Release: On November 16, 2009, Ma-Na-Pe-Xoo-Nu-Ga Cleveland appeared before United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp and entered a guilty plea to one count of statutory rape. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 8, 2010.
Cleveland, a 31-year-old man, was a employed by the Whirling Thunder Wellness Center on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. As part of his duties, he served as a basketball coach to a team of teenage girls. Through this position, Cleveland befriended a 13-year-old player and began giving her rides to her home. The two grew closer over time and eventually the relationship led to sexual intercourse. According to the victim, the two had sexual intercourse on two occasions with the first occurring in January of 2009 in the back seat of the defendant’s car and the second occurring in February at Cleveland’s office. DNA evidence corroborated the victim’s statement. Additionally, phone records revealed that there were thousands of text messages between Cleveland and the victim over just a three-month period.
During the change of plea hearing, Judge Smith Camp specifically asked Cleveland whether he had sexual intercourse with the victim in January of 2009. Cleveland responded under oath that he did have sexual intercourse with the victim.
Name of Defendant: Ma-Na-Pe-Xoo-Nu-Ga Cleveland
AKA: Haga Cleveland
City of residence: Winnebago, Nebraska
Crime(s) Charged and Potential Penalty (A CHARGE is merely an accusation and every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty): Statutory rape in violation of 18 USC §2243. The maximum statutory penalty is 15 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
Specific Location of Alleged Crime: Winnebago, Nebraska
Location of Arrest: Winnebago, Nebraska
Alleged Dollar Loss/Type and Quantity of Drug:
Others Charged in Same Scheme:
Date of Alleged Crime: January 27, 2009
Federal Arrest Date: May 7, 2009
Date Complaint Issued: May 6, 2009
Indictment Returned Date: May 21, 2009
Initial Appearance Date: May 8, 2009
Plea or Trial and Date(s): Change of plea on November 16, 2009
Next Court Hearing Type and Date: Sentencing set for February 8, 2010
Assigned Magistrate Judge: Honorable Thomas D. Thalken
Held without Bond, or Released from Custody: Released on bond
In Continuous Custody Since:
Assigned District Court Judge: Honorable Laurie Smith Camp
Initials of Assigned AUSA/Preparer of THIS Release: DRS