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WARM SPRINGS, OR -- A federal judge has sentenced a Warm Springs man to 25 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old girl. According to court documents, the victim told her mother 36-year-old Lawren Slockish touched her inappropriately and attempted to further assault her. The child then told Warm Springs police it was not the first time Slockish had molested her.

 

Prosecutors say the victim showed great courage in coming forward. "Sexual abuse of children casts a lifelong shadow on the health of the victims," U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement, "The Warm Springs Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Team brings together tribal police and prosecutors, Child Protective Services, the Indian Health Service, and federal law enforcement author ties to collaboratively investigate these cases in a thorough, compassionate manner ensuring justice for these vulnerable victims."

 

Steve Goldman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, says the victim's strength allowed law enforcement, the community and her family to keep other children safe. "The FBI, working with our tribal partners, will do everything to bring justice for the victim with a long-term goal of identifying and addressing child sexual abuse within our community."

 

Slockish pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact with a child on January 19, 2017. After serving his 300-month sentence, he will be on supervised release for life. 

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