Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Child In Indian Country

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TULSA, OK – A Tulsa man who sexually abused a child for more than two years pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Joshua Dale Armstrong, 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a minor under 12 years old in Indian Country and abusive sexual contact of a minor under 12 years old in Indian Country. At the plea hearing, Armstrong admitted that from January 2018 to April 2020, he knowingly engaged in sex acts with a child, including rape.

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“There are forces for good in this world who are ever vigilant against the threat of child sex predators. I’m so thankful the FBI and Tulsa Police Department teamed up to investigate Joshua Dale Armstrong. The criminally perverse acts that Armstrong inflicted upon a helpless child were sickening,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Make no mistake, we will bring the full weight of federal law against every pedophile who harms Oklahoma’s children in our jurisdiction.”

At the time of sentencing, set for Feb. 25, 2021, Armstrong faces a minimum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.  He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000.

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The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward Snow, Christopher Nassar and Devon Lash are prosecuting the case. AUSA Lash is a prosecutor from the Eastern District of New York. She volunteered to assist prosecution efforts here in the Northern District of Oklahoma due to the increased volume of cases since the Supreme Court’s ruling which stated the Creek Nation Reservation had never been officially disestablished by Congress. The United States and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have jurisdiction of all cases that occur on the reservation involving Native American victims or defendants.

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