FARGO – Interim United States Attorney Nicholas W. Chase announced that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Peter D. Welte sentenced Gary Lee Longie Jr., a/k/a Ty, age 39, Sheyenne, ND, to 30 Years in federal prison for Aggravated Sexual Abuse. Chief Judge Welte also sentenced Longie to 10 years supervised release.
The investigation was initiated in December 2020, when a child under the age of 12, informed a school counselor that the child had been sexually abused by a male with the first name “Ty” who was a friend of the child’s father. The investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed more than one incident with the child and additional incidents with the child’s siblings. Longie pleaded guilty to Aggravated Sexual Abuse in September of 2021. Longie’s conduct prompted the parties to agree on a sentencing guidelines enhancement because Longie engaged in a pattern of activity involving prohibited sexual conduct.
“The 30-year sentence assures that this defendant will never abuse another child,” said Interim US Attorney Nicholas W. Chase. “The Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting children, and we will aggressively prosecute these heinous perpetrators.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, with Assistant United States Attorney Lori H. Conroy and Richard M. Lee assigned to the case.