The United States Attorney’s Office announced that on May 16, 2012 in Billings, after a federal district court trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Perry Nation, a 50-year-old resident of Lodge Grass and an enrolled member on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse. Sentencing is set for August 23, 2012. He is currently detained.
At trial, the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury.
In 2004, Nation “forcibly” had sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl at his home in Lodge Grass on the Crow Indian Reservation. The victim stated that Nation threatened her by telling her that if she ever told anyone he would rape her again.
Also in 2004, a 7-year-old boy disclosed to his aunt that Nation sexually molested him. The victim stated that Nation was watching him while his mother was at work. The victim explained that he was in his bedroom when Nation came into his room. Nation put his hands down his pants and sexually molested him. The victim started to cry and Nation told him to “shut up.” After it was over, Nation told the victim not to say anything to anyone, or Nation was going to “beat him up.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.
Nation faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release for each conviction.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.