FARGO – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on December 9, 2013, Jerome Louis Blackbird, Jr., of Devils Lake, North Dakota, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson on a charge of abusive sexual contact.
Judge Erickson sentenced Blackbird, Jr. to 33 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Blackbird, Jr. was ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay a $100 special assessment to the crime victims fund.
On July 13, 2013, Blackbird, Jr. pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual contact with a minor child by intentionally touching the child’s genitalia and breasts through her clothing.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Janice M. Morley prosecuted the case.