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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Johns
Citation:15 F. 3d 740 (8th Cir. 1993)
Defendant is a member of the Red Lake Band of Objibwa Indians where he met S.D., a Objibwa women through his work as a chemical dependency counselor and she was seeking help with her drinking problems. S.D. and her daughter C.D. moved in with the defendant as he started dating S.D. Defendant was a traditional spiritual leader and conducted ceremonies with C.D. as his personal assistant.
C.D. testified that the defendant sexually abused her for the 7 years she lived with him, from when she was 14 to 21 year-old. She recounted numerous occasions of oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse. She testified that the defendant controlled her movements both inside and outside of the home. Sometimes he would pull her out of school in order to have sex with her. As the spiritual leader, the defendant had alone time with C.D. before and after religious ceremonies.
C.D. moved off the reservation in 1991, when she finally reported the abuse to her mother, reports were filed and eight counts of sexual misconduct were filed against the defendant.
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