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January 30, 2015

Crownpoint Man Sentenced for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Jimmie Edward Augustine, Sr., 70, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., was sentenced today for his child sexual abuse conviction. Augustine will serve a 24-month prison sentence followed by five years of supervised release. He will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

Augustine was arrested on Nov. 6, 2013, on a two-count indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact with a child who had not attained the age of 12 years. According to the indictment, Augustine committed the offenses between May 2011 and Sept. 2011, in a location within the Navajo Indian Reservation.

In March 2014, Augustine pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact. Augustine admitted engaging in a sexual act with a child who was under 12 years of age by intentionally touching the child’s genitals and buttocks.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Gallup Police Department with assistance from the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito. The case was brought 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/.

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