By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Riverton man will spend more than five years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl over a five-year period.
Annin Damian Soldierwolf, 52, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison, 10 years of supervised released and ordered to pay a fine of $500 and a $100 special assessment for abusive sexual contact on his conviction on a charge of abusive sexual contact.
The sentencing hearing was held on Dec. 7.
Soldierwolf was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 22 on a single count of abusive sexual contact. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed his plea to guilty in September.
If he had been found guilty in a trial, Soldierwolf could have faced life in prison for the abuse.
According to court documents, the victim emailed a counselor in January and detailed the abuse that Soldierwolf had committed against her over a five-year period. She noted that she told someone about the abuse previously, but they did not believe her.
During the time of the abuse, the victim had not yet reached the age of 12.
The victim was interviewed by an FBI agent in February and again detailed the abuse Soldierwolf inflicted on her, such as touching her breasts and below the waist when no one was around.
In May, Soldierwolf went to the FBI office in Lander and said he was ready to turn himself in and wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He also said he apologized to the victim for touching her inappropriately and that he knew he did something wrong.
He also told the FBI that he did not recall some occasions of abusive, due to being drunk.