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Updated Nov 26, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Carrizo man found guilty on sexual abuse charges

PHOENIX — A federal jury has convicted a Carrizo man on nearly two dozen
counts of sexual abuse and kidnapping that occurred on the Fort Apache
reservation.

Jefferson Gatewood is set to be sentenced on Feb. 19. Several of the 23 charges
were for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, which carry a maximum penalty of
life in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that trial testimony showed that Gatewood
sexually abused 15 people over a span of 30 years, though some of the conduct
fell outside the statute of limitations.

Gatewood’s conviction last week involved nine victims. The 44-year-old had
pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An FBI spokesman says the case was unrelated to a series of rapes on the
reservation in the mid-2000s.

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