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Red Lake man sentenced for sex crime

A 22-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced today in federal court in Fergus Falls for sexually abusing a boy on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in 2009.

United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Eagle Wind Lajeunesse to 120 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release on one count of abusive sexual contact. He was indicted Nov. 4, 2009, and pleaded guilty October 1, 2010.

In his plea agreement, Lajeunesse admitted that between Sept. 1, 2008, and March 16, 2009, he knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a male who had not reached the age of 12.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, Red Lake Family and Children Services contacted the FBI Aug. 30, 2009, to report that the boy was being sexually abused.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.