The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 11, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, Kendall Wolcott, a 49-year-old resident of Lame Deer, pled guilty to abusive sexual contact. Sentencing has been set for December 12, 2012. He is currently detained.
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:
On August 8, 2011, the victim’s mother reported to the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office that her daughter was sexually abused by Wolcott when the victim was 9 years old. The victim made the disclosure during a “good touch/bad touch” discussion that the victim was overhearing between the victim’s mother and the victim’s younger step-sister. The victim disclosed, among other things, that Wolcott touched her on her vagina area while they were driving to Lame Deer when the victim was approximately 9 years old. The victim stated that they were near the town of Busby when this incident took place.
The victim is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians.
Wolcott faces possible penalties of six years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.