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December 23, 2014

Wisconsin Man Sentenced in Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Child Sexual Abuse Case

MARQUETTE, MI—Douglas Emil Kugler, Jr., 34, of Eagle River, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison for abusive sexual contact with a child under twelve years old, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Kugler to serve 20 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, and to pay a $100 special assessment.

The sentencing followed Kugler’s plea of guilty to the charge on August 13, 2014. The charge arose from an incident that occurred at a residence on Keweenaw Bay Indian Community reservation land between September 2004 and May 2006 involving Kugler, a non-Indian, and a boy between the ages of four and five. The incident came to light in December 2011, when the victim first disclosed what had happened to him. In sentencing Kugler, Judge Edgar found that Kugler had engaged in a pattern of prohibited sexual conduct with children.

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

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