☷Zuni Man Faces Charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Zuni man faces charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child ALBUQUERQUE , N . M . – Phillip Lahi , Sr . , 70 , and an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo , made an initial appearance in federal court today facing charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Indian Country . Lahi will remain in custody/on conditions of release pending a detention hearing scheduled for May 3 . According to a criminal complaint , Lahi allegedly engaged in and attempted to engage in sexual conduct with the victim , identified as Jane Doe , since she was five or six years old . Lahi’s alleged conduct included exposing himself to the child , who is an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo , and performing sexual acts in front of her . In October of 2021 , when Jane Doe was nine years old , Lahi allegedly forcibly engaged in sex with her . Lahi allegedly committed the offenses on the Pueblo of Zuni . A complaint is only an allegation . A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty . If convicted , Lahi faces a minimum of 30 years and up to life in prison . The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Zuni Police Department . Assistant United States Attorney Brittany DuChaussee is prosecuting the case . # # #
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