U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Michigan
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July 25, 2014

Former Upper Peninsula Resident Charged Federally for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

MARQUETTE, MI—U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that a federal grand jury has charged Tommy Alan Cain, 61, with five counts of Sexual Abuse by Threat, one count of Abusive Sexual Contact by Threat, and six counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The indictment alleges Cain, formerly from Kincheloe, engaged in sexual acts with a minor victim over a four-year period beginning in 2007 on trust lands of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The Sexual Abuse by Threat counts each carry a maximum sentence of life. The remaining counts carry maximum sentences of three years and fifteen years, respectively.

Cain was arrested yesterday in Battle Creek. After his initial appearance in federal court, he was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending a hearing next week on whether he should be released on bond or detained pending trial.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Police and the Marquette office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah N. Bobee is prosecuting the case.

Investigation of this matter continues. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the FBI or local law enforcement.

The charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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