Navajo Man from Arizona Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charges in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE—Aaron Hubbard, 34, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fort Defiance, Ariz., pled guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact of a minor child. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hubbard will be sentenced to ten years in prison followed by not less than three years of supervised release. Hubbard will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.
Hubbard was arrested on Feb. 25, 2015, on an indictment alleging that he sexually abused the child victim from Sept. 1, 2011 through May 30, 2012, in the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.
During today’s change of plea hearing, Hubbard entered a guilty plea to an abusive sexual contact with a child charge. In entering his guilty plea, Hubbard admitted sexually molesting a Navajo child who was less than 12 years old from Sept. 1, 2011 through May 30, 2012. Hubbard committed the crime within the Navajo Indian Reservation.
Hubbard has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest and will remain detained pending his sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Raquel Ruiz-Velez 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc/.