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Red Lake man receives 30-year term for abuse

MINNEAPOLIS – A 60-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced Monday in federal court here for sexually abusing two young girls.

U.S. District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Dean Earl Wilkens to 30 years in federal prison and supervised release for life on four counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

Wilkens also must register as a sex offender.

In July, a jury convicted Wilkens.

During a four-day trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Wilkens engaged in sexual acts with two minor females on the Red Lake Indian Reservation over a period of three years ending in December 2011.

The FBI looked into allegations after a victim disclosed the abuse to a school official, who reported the assault.

The Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Red Lake Family and Children Services assisted with the investigation.