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Man faces federal charges of sexual abuse, contact with child

An area man faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact of a child by force.

An area man faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact of a child by force.

Caleb Thompson, 31, of Fort Thompson, was indicted on March 15 and pleaded not guilty to both charges on March 24, according to a statement from United States Attorney Randolph Seiler.

Between Aug. 1, 2013, and May 31, 2015, Thompson allegedly "engaged in and attempted to engage in a sexual act with a minor female," Seiler's statement said, and Thompson attempted to do the same with another juvenile girl.

If convicted, Thompson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in custody or a $750,000 fine or both, as well as five years on probation and a $300 fine to be paid to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The girls' ages were not disclosed.

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan Dilges is prosecuting.

Thompson is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial has not yet been scheduled.

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