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Robert Warner pleaded guilty July 16, 2018, to abusive sexual contact with 11-year-old.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Robert Glenn WarnerRobert Glenn Warner, 36, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, was sentenced July 3, to 300 months in federal prison and 10 years' supervised release for the repeated sexual abuse and rape of an 11-year-old child.

"This young victim demonstrated tremendous courage in reporting Warner's repeated abuse and fully participating in the judicial process," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon. "Her brave actions put in motion our ability to stop this heinous crime and prosecute the defendant. The U.S. Attorney's Office remains fiercely committed to holding child predators accountable and safeguarding the rights and dignity of victims."

"Warner used his position of power to perpetrate multiple, violent sexual assaults on a victim who was vulnerable and accessible," said Renn Cannon, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon.

"We are thankful to the victim, who has shown great strength, and to our partners at the Warm Springs Tribal Police who helped end the abuse of this child," said Cannon.

According to court documents, in July 2016, the victim, a minor member of the Warm Springs tribes, told a friend's mother about the repeated sexual abuse and rape by Warner, a person known to the victim.

Most recently, Warner raped the victim in a trailer parked in a wood-cutting lot on the outskirts of the Warm Springs Reservation. The victim reported the abuse to the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department and Warner was arrested the same day.

On July 16, 2018, Warner pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

The case was investigated by the Warm Springs Police Department and the FBI. It was prosecuted by Natalie Wight, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children is encouraged to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

On March 3, 1994, the FBI initiated "Operation Safe Trails" with the Navajo Department of Law Enforcement in Flagstaff, Arizona. The operation, which would later evolve into the Safe Trails Task Force Program, unites FBI and other federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to combat the growth of crime in Indian Country. The program allows participating agencies to combine limited resources and increase investigative coordination in Indian Country to target violent crime, drugs, gangs, and gaming violations.


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