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Red Lake man guilty in sex abuse case
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

MINNEAPOLIS - A jury found a 60-year-old Red Lake man guilty Tuesday of sexually abusing two girls.

Dean Earl Wilkens was found guilty of four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

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The conviction came after a four-day trial in Minneapolis.

Wilkens remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, prosecutors presented evidence showing Wilkens engaged in sexual acts with two girls on the Red Lake Indian Reservation between December 2008 and December 2011.

The crimes were reported to the FBI after one of the victims disclosed the abuse to a school official. The Red Lake Tribal Police Department worked with the FBI to investigate the case.

Wilkens faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for each count. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis will determine his sentence at a future hearing. No date has been set for the sentencing hearing.

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