man from Riverton receives 71 years in prison for sexually abusing children | Crime-and-Courts

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A federal judge has sentenced a Riverton man to 71 years in prison for sexually abusing multiple children on the Wind River reservation.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl convicted Dalco Gabriel Whiteman of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and four counts of abusive sexual contact, according to the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office. A charge in the case had already been dismissed.

The Dec. 20 conviction came after a jury found Whiteman guilty of sexually abusing several children on the reservation over a 25-year period, the U.S. prosecutor’s office said. Considering Whiteman’s age, 54, his sentence equates to life imprisonment.

“Every little girl and young woman deserves a home and a community where she feels safe. Not a place of fear and abuse,” Wyoming US Attorney Bob Murray said in a statement. “

“We are grateful for the conviction of someone who has targeted our most vulnerable population,” added Murray. “Whiteman has basically been given a life sentence and he can no longer harm another child on the reservation.”

During the jury trial in September, six victims said Whiteman sexually assaulted them, some on multiple occasions, the U.S. prosecutor’s office said. Several of the victims did not know each other.

A federal grand jury indicted Whiteman in July 2020. He was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs with assistance from the FBI.

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