Former Tribal Police Officer Sentenced in Child Abuse Case

He faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in February

By Associated Press

GREAT FALLS — A former tribal police officer in Montana who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse has been sentenced to two years of supervised release and time served after spending almost a year in custody.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced 28-year-old Mychal Thomas Damon of Wolf Point during a Thursday hearing in Great Falls.

He faced up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in February to touching a six-year-old girl’s genital area. The victim and her mother had been staying at a house Damon shared with his sister in May, 2018, court documents said.

Damon worked as a dispatcher and tribal police officer on the Fort Peck Reservation from 2014 until April 2019, according to court documents.

After being indicted in June 2019, Damon was initially allowed to remain free but was taken into custody last August when he violated the terms of his pretrial release by consuming alcohol.

Damon spent 324 days in jail while the case was pending.

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