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Bay Mills man imprisoned for sexual abuse of minor

December 22, 2009
By STEVE BROWNLEE Journal Staff Writer and Journal staff

MARQUETTE - A 23-year-old Bay Mills tribal member was sentenced to prison in Marquette federal court Monday for sexual abuse of a minor.

Raymond William Shaw of Brimley was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to serve the rest of his life under supervised release by Senior U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Donald Davis of Grand Rapids. Shaw was also ordered to pay $2,100 in fines and costs.

Shaw pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor in U.S. District Court on Sept. 23, according to the news release. The charge carries a sentence of five to 15 years in prison and possible lifetime supervised release and $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement filed online with the court.

As part of the plea agreement, a second charge of aggravated sexual abuse was dropped, which carried a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

The charges stem from an incident occurring in the spring of 2008 at Shaw's residence with a 14-year-old girl who was also a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, the plea agreement states. The two had been playing video games when Shaw asked her to stay, locked the front door and led her by the arm to his bedroom, where they engaged in sexual relations.

The plea agreement also indicates that Shaw was aware of the victim's age at the time of the incident.

Because Shaw's residence is on land held in trust by the Bay Mills tribe, and Shaw and the victim are tribal members, the federal court has jurisdiction over the case.

Shaw, who was indicted on both counts on July 8, must also register as a sex offender upon release from prison, according to the plea agreement.

Davis credited Bay Mills Tribal Police, the Michigan State Police and agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and FBI for their work in the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Lochner, who is based out of Marquette.



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