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Red Lake man under federal indictment on charges of committing sex crimes against 2 boys

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against a 21-year-old Red Lake man for allegedly sexually abusing two boys ages 6 and 7 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

In an indictment filed with the U.S. District Court Wednesday, Eagle Wind Lajeunesse was charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact.

The indictment alleges that from Jan. 1 until March 16, Lajeunesse knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a boy younger than 12 and had sexual contact with that same boy as well as a second boy younger than 12.

According to an FBI affidavit, Red Lake Family and Children Services contacted the FBI Aug. 30, to report that two boys were being sexually abused.

If convicted, Lajeunesse faces a potential maximum penalty of life in federal prison on all three counts. All sentences are determined by a federal district court judge.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

While nine of Minnesota's 11 Indian reservations are subject to state criminal jurisdiction, the Red Lake and Nett Lake reservations turn to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution of their felonies.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been

committed by a defendant. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.