Newcomb man convicted of child sex abuse charges in federal court
The suspect was found guilty by a jury following a five-day trial
FARMINGTON — A Newcomb man was found guilty of four child sex charges during a jury trial in Albuquerque federal court and could get 30 years to life in a federal prison.
Brian Sloan, 33, was convicted of four aggravated child sex abuse charges following a five-day trial, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Sloan was arrested on Aug. 31, 2016, by the FBI on an indictment filed on Aug. 23, 2016.
A Jan. 24, 2017, indictment charged Sloan with two counts of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 between May 1, 2007, and Dec. 14, 2007, and also between May 1, 2008, and August 31, 2008, according to the indictment.
Court documents also alleged Sloan sexually abused a second child under the age of 12 between June 1, 2003, and Aug. 31, 2003. The crimes that led to the four charges were committed on the Navajo Nation within McKinley County.
Sloan had entered a plea of not guilty during his arraignments, according to court documents.
During the five-day trial, which started on Nov. 13 and ended Monday morning, the two victims testified about the sexual abuse that led to Sloan's conviction.
The victim in three of the charges testified they were 11 when the sexual abuse started, and the abuse occurred repeatedly.
The victim told the court Sloan would threaten and then commit physical abuse while the victim was being sexually abused.
The victim in the fourth charge testified Sloan sexually molested them during a game of "night hide and seek" while the victim stayed at a relative's residence during the summer of 2003, according to the press release.
A guilty verdict was rendered by the jury after about three hours of deliberations.
A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled in this case.
Sloan could face a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years to a maximum of life in a federal prison at the sentencing hearing, along with being required to register as a sex offender and pay a $250,000 fine.
The Gallup office of the FBI handled the investigation.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.