Thoreau man sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old Thoreau man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison and 25 years of supervised release after pleading guilty in April to aggravated child sexual abuse, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Bronson Roger was arrested on Dec. 12, 2012, on allegations that he sexually abused a child younger than 12 years old between Aug. 1, 2008, and Oct. 30, 2008, the release states. The abuse took place on the Navajo Indian Reservations in McKinley County, according to the release.

Roger admitted in a plea agreement filed April 30 that he performed oral sex on the child during the period in question, according to court records.

Roger was sentenced to a total of 140 months in prison, records state. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon the completion of his prison sentence.

The case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the Crownpoint office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Nayback prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the department of justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.