GREAT FALLS, Mt. – A Browning man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by life probation after he admitted to repeatedly raping two children on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.
Jonathan Cadotte, 60, pleaded guilty in August to a substitute information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and aggravated child sexual abuse.
Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.
The parties agreed in a plea agreement that a specific sentence of 15 years in prison was appropriate in the case, as stated in a statement.
In court documents, the government has alleged that Cadotte is a child predator who repeatedly sexually assaulted young children in the Browning area of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Beginning in September 2019 and for about a year, Cadotte forcibly committed a sexual act against a victim. And from around 1993 to 1998, still in the Browning area, Cadotte committed a sexual act with another child victim who had not yet reached the age of 12.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah A. Paisley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Blackfeet Law Enforcement.