Phoenix, Arizona - Wednesday, Mitchell Clawson, 30, of Whiteriver, Ariz., a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 188 months in prison. Clawson had previously pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact.
Clawson pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an eight year old female, also a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, while she slept. The incident occurred on the Fort Apache Reservation.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Anthony Church, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.