Jemez Pueblo man sentenced to five years in federal prison for child sexual abuse in Indian Country

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alan Madalena, 33, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Jemez, was sentenced in federal court today to five years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country. Madalena pleaded guilty on Oct. 7, 2021.

A federal grand jury indicted Madalena on Dec. 2, 2020. According to the plea and other court records, on four occasions between Aug. 1, 2020, and Oct. 15, 2020, Madalena sexually abuse the victim in his residence on the Pueblo of Jemez. The victim, who is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Jemez, was 15 years old at the time. Madalena knew the victim’s age when he committed the sexual abuse.

 Upon his release from prison, Madalena will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Jemez Pueblo Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Elisa Dimas prosecuted the case.

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