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Published May 26, 2011, 04:03 PM

Belcourt, ND, Man Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

The U.S. Attorney's office said a Belcourt man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a child was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

By: Associated Press,

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's office said a Belcourt man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse of a child was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

Prosecutors said 36-year-old John Wallette molested children at a youth shelter and engaged in sexual acts with a child younger than 12.

A federal court jury convicted him in February. Wallette also was ordered to make restitution of $36,376.

The jury found that Wallette had engaged in various sexual acts with a child under the age of 12 from an unknown time to about July 2008.

Additional evidence presented at trial indicated that Wallette also sexually abused other children while employed at a youth shelter facility in Belcourt.

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