Fort Washakie Man Again Faces Charges For Abusive Sexual Contact With Children

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Fort Washakie man is facing life in prison for abusive sexual contact with children, just a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison for a conviction on similar charges.

Annin Damian Soldierwolf, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 12 on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact. He pleaded not guilty to the indictment on Jan. 25. He faces up to life in prison and $610,000 in fines.

A jury trial is set for March 28 in Cheyenne before U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Freudenthal.

The indictment alleges that Soldierwolf knowingly engaged and attempted to engage in sexual contact with three victims who were minors at the time of abuse.

According to court documents, the abuse of the victims took place between 1989 to 1999.

In December, Soldierwolf was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of abusive sexual contact in another case. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was indicted, but changed his plea.

According to court documents, the victim in the first case emailed a counselor in January 2021 and detailed the abuse that Soldierwolf had committed against her over a 5-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.

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