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Wellpinit man sentenced in sex abuse case

— A local man has been sentenced to 98 months in prison following his conviction on one count of sexual abuse in Indian country.

Maurice Loyal Finch III, 27, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr., who also ordered lifetime court supervision after any release from federal prison.

Finch will also have to register as a sex offender, Mendoza ordered.

Court records show that during the summer of 2011 Finch sexually abused a young boy on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The boy reported the abuse to his mother, who notified authorities, records show.

“Sexual abuse cannot be tolerated in our society, especially when young children are the victims," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Michael C. Ormsby said Tuesday. "The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to aggressively prosecuting sexual abuse that occurs within federal jurisdiction, including the Indian reservations within this District.

The Eastern District of Washington's jurisdiction includes the Colville Indian Reservation.

Ormsby said the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudy J. Verschoor.

"I commend the Spokane Tribal Police Department and the FBI for their terrific work on this case,” Ormsby said.

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