The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 27, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Beaumont Paul Stewart, a 43-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, appeared for sentencing. Stewart was sentenced to a term of:
■Prison: 97 months
■Special assessment: $100
■Supervised release: five years
Stewart was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to aggravated sexual abuse.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney E. Vincent Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In December 2011, a young child told her mother that Stewart had touched her and pointed to her genital area. The victim was subsequently taken to a hospital for a medical exam.
The attending pediatrician conducted the medical exam. During the exam, the victim made specific disclosures about Stewart touching her on her “privates.” The victim also drew pictures indicating where Stewart touched her.
The sexual abuse took place at a residence within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Stewart will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Stewart does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 perfect of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.