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Red Lake man, 27, sentenced for sex abuse

A 27-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced Monday in federal court in Minneapolis for sexually abusing a woman and failing to register as a sex offender, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota.

U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty sentenced Jeremy Charles Wind to 87 months in prison on one count of sexual abuse and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. Wind was indicted Aug. 11, 2009, and pleaded guilty Jan. 25, 2010.

Wind admitted entering the victim's bedroom on May 22, 2009, and proceeding to have sex with her, knowing she was incapable of declining to engage in the sexual act. Wind also admitted that from October 2008 to May 2009 he was not properly registered as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Wind, a Tier II offender, has two previous convictions for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was last convicted in 2006.

Wind had been registering as a sex offender since his conviction in 2000. However, he failed to inform the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension of his change of residence in 2008, when he moved to the Red Lake Reservation. Such notification is required under the law.

This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tricia A. Tingle.

The federal government has primary law enforcement jurisdiction over the Red Lake Reservation.