Sequoyah County man found guilty of five counts of sexual abuse
Thursday, December 23, 2021 - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Michael Allen Farris, age 48, of Bunch, Oklahoma, was found guilty by a federal jury of five counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
The jury trial began with testimony on Monday, November 29, 2021, and concluded on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, with the guilty verdicts. Based on the jury’s verdicts, the defendant is facing up to 15 years of imprisonment for each count.
During the trial, the United States presented evidence that, on at least five occasions between June 2019 and August 2019, the defendant sexually abused the 13-year-old victim resulting in the birth of a child. Testimony further established that the defendant was determined, by DNA analysis, to be the father of the child.
The guilty verdicts were the result of an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the defendant in this case is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Sequoyah County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following completion of the report.
Farris was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending the imposition of sentencing.
KXMX News Staff
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