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Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty of 23 Counts of Sexual Abuse

PHOENIX—On November 20, 2012, a federal jury in Prescott, Arizona, found Jefferson Gatewood, 44, of Carrizo, Arizona, guilty of all 23 counts of a superseding indictment, most of which involved aggravated sexual abuse of minors. The trial before U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg began on November 7, 2012, and continued through November 20, 2012. Gatewood has been detained pending sentencing, which is set before Judge Teilborg on February 19, 2013.

The evidence at trial showed that Gatewood sexually abused 15 victims, some as young as 6 years old, on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation over a span of 30 years.

A conviction for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor carries a minimum penalty of 30 years to life in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

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