MINNEAPOLIS – On August 12th in federal court in Fergus Falls, a 32-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced for committing aggravated sexual abuse against a child. On August 12, 2013, United States District Judge John R. Tunheim sentenced Joseph Valerian Parshall to 360 months in prison on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse against a child under the age of 12. Parshall was indicted on September 21, 2011, and was convicted on February 7, 2012.
According to the indictment and evidence presented at trial, Parshall committed two sexual acts against the child between February 1 and July 27, 2011. A law enforcement affidavit filed in the case states that on July 27, 2011, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department was informed of the abuse. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Parshall on August 31, 2011, in Minneapolis.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw. Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.