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Minneapolis man indicted on charge of committing sexual abuse against a child on the Red Lake Reservation


Today in federal court in Minneapolis, a Minneapolis man was indicted for committing aggravated sexual abuse against a child younger than 12.

The indictment charges Joseph Valerian Parshall, 31, with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 1 and July 27, Parshall committed a sexual act against the child on the Red Lake Reservation.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, on July 27, the Red Lake Tribal Police Department was informed of the sexual abuse of the child. Parshall, who was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis by the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force, remains in custody.

If convicted, Parshall faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on each count, with a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.


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