Man sentenced in Wellpinit sexual assault

— A Spokane tribal member was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Christopher James Carson, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice to a combined 70 months in prison for the crimes, according to U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Michael C. Ormsby. Carson will be required to register as a sex offender and serve five years of court supervision.

According to court records, Carson was a guest at a woman's house May 14, 2013, when he snuck into her her bedroom and assaulted her while she slept with her boyfriend. The victim's name is not being disclosed.

The investigation into the crime also determined Carson had illegally possessed a firearm on two occasions after being previously convicted of a felony.

The details of that felony case were not immediately available.

"Sexual assaults will not be tolerated within any Indian reservation located in the Eastern District of Washington," Ormsby said Friday. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office is and will continue to be committed to prosecute aggressively sexual assault and firearms violations that occur within this District, particularly any such assault or violation that occur within any of the four Indian reservations in Eastern Washington.”

The Spokane Tribal Police Department and FBI investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudy J. Verschoor.

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