☷Navajo Man Arraigned on Charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child in Indian Country
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Navajo man arraigned on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Indian Country ALBUQUERQUE , N . M . – Brandon Yazzie , 28 , of Standing Rock , New Mexico , and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation , was arraigned in federal court on April 28 on a four - count indictment charging him with three counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact . Yazzie will remain on conditions of release pending trial , which has not been scheduled . A federal grand jury indicted Yazzie on April 12 . According to the indictment and other court records , on at least two occasions between December 1 , 2020 , and January 31 , 2021 , Yazzie allegedly sexually abused the victim , identified in court records as Jane Doe , who was less than 12 years old . On one occasion , Yazzie allegedly engaged in and caused sexual contact with the victim . Yazzie allegedly committed the crimes at his father’s residence in Standing Rock on the Navajo Nation . An indictment is only an allegation . A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty . If convicted , Yazzie faces up to life in prison for abusive sexual contact and a minimum of 30 years and up to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse . The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Avondale ( Arizona ) Police Department . Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F . Flores is prosecuting the case . # # #
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