Local man sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor

Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today, July 14th, that 27-year-old Avery Fitzgerald Brown, of Fort Washakie, was sentenced to 175 months of imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Scott W. Skavdahl.

In a change of plea hearing held on April 28th, 2021, Brown pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact of a minor, according to the press release. The abuse began in March of 2006 and lasted until October 2020.

“This case demonstrates the incredible work performed by dedicated federal agents and community members who stood up for the victims and worked tirelessly to bring this abhorrent individual to justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Murray.

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“It takes courage for any victim – especially child victims – to come forward and disclose sexual abuse.  We should all be thankful that a young girl bravely spoke up and helped stop this defendant from hurting any other children.”

“The FBI and our local, state, tribal and federal partners work tirelessly to investigate and bring to justice individuals engaged in the exploitation and sexual abuse of minors. With this sentence, a dangerous child predator has been removed from the community with a clear message that sexual abuse of our vulnerable youth will not be tolerated,” said Denver FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.

“We are grateful to the dedication of our partners at the Wind River Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their efforts in this case and our shared commitment to protecting children.”

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent Adrianne N. Jahnke. Assistant United States Kerry J. Jacobson prosecuted the case.

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