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Former Tribal Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact

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PENDLETON, Ore. - A former Umatilla Tribal Police Officer pleads guilty to abusive sexual contact and false statements.

The Department of Justice says Fermore Joseph Craig, Jr., 43, of Pendleton, inappropriately touched a woman on the Umatilla Indian Reservation last May. On Tuesday, Craig admitted he did so without the woman's permission.

The Department says Craig also admitted to lying to investigators about the sexual contact he had with the victim.

Craig had been a tribal police officer for around 15 years but was not on duty at the time of the incident. After the victim reported the abuse, Craig was placed on administration leave. Craig resigned from the department in June while the investigation was ongoing.

The maximum sentence for abusive sexual contact is two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a lifetime of supervised release. Craig would also have to register as a sex offender.

The maximum sentence for making false statements to the FBI is five years in prison, a fine of
$250,000, and three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 4, 2013.

Craig is currently out of custody and under the supervision of a federal court officer, pending the sentencing hearing.