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The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 15, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, BEAUMONT PAUL STEWART, a 43-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, pled guilty to sexual abuse. Sentencing has been set for May 17, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In December 2011, a young child told her mother that STEWART had touched her and pointed to her genital area. The victim was subsequently taken to a hospital for a medical exam.
The attending pediatrician conducted the medical exam. During the exam, the victim made specific disclosures about STEWART touching her on her “privates.” The victim also drew pictures indicating where STEWART touched her.
The sexual abuse took place at a residence within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.
STEWART faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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