S'Klallam Tribal member convicted of sexual abuse of teens


PORT GAMBLE, Wash. (AP) — A 59-year-old member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe has been convicted of five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.

Justice Department officials said in a news release that a jury in U.S. District Court in Tacoma found Leroy Charles guilty on Monday.

Federal prosecutors say Charles assaulted young teens at various times and places on the Port Gamble S'Klallam reservation between 2000 and 2005, overpowering the victims and in one case drugging a teen. He reportedly threatened to kill the victims and their families if they reported the abuse.



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