Honduran man indicted for sexual offenses involving Native Americans
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, a federal grand jury in Tucson returned an indictment against Hernan Ramirez-Orteja, 43, of Honduras, for three counts of abusive sexual contact that allegedly occurred while he was residing on the Gila River Indian Nation near Phoenix, Arizona.
The indictment alleges that Ramirez-Orteja fondled the adult victim on three occasions without her consent. Ramirez-Orteja is already in federal custody on a June 29, 2011 indictment involving a separate victim. That indictment alleges that Ramirez-Orteja sexually assaulted a minor who is a member of the Tohono O’Odham Nation, located near Tucson, Arizona.
A conviction for abusive sexual contact carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The investigation conducted by the Tohono O’Odham Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. .