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Former BIA Officer sentenced following guilty plea to sex assault charges

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YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, Mont. -

A former BIA agent is sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of "Deprivation of Rights Under the Color of Law" last December.

At that time, Bullcoming admitted to entering a woman's home, where he found her sleeping and coerced the victim into engaging in sexual intercourse with him under threat of arrest if she refused. 

Bullcoming will have three years of supervised release after he completes his time in prison.


December 19, 2017: A former BIA officer pleaded guilty in federal court on charges of "Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law."

Dana Bullcoming entered the plea Tuesday morning on charges filed in July, earlier this year.

October 31, 2015, BIA responded to a report that a female was driving under the influence. Bullcoming responded to the incident and determined the woman accused of driving under the influence was not at risk. 

Bullcoming went to speak with the woman who initially reported the incident. When no one answered, he entered the home and found the victim asleep. 

The victim awoke to Bullcoming in her home and confessed that she was intoxicated while her three children slept in the other room. 

Bullcoming told her he would arrest her, but she pleaded with him that her arrest would result in her losing her job. Bullcoming told the victim that "something must be done."

The victim asked Bullcoming if he was referring to sexual activity, in which he responded he was. The victim told law enforcement that she believed she would lose her job if Bullcoming arrested her and thus agreed to have sex with him.

The indictment explains that Bullcoming deprived "L.B." of liberty without due process of law, which includes the right to bodily integrity.

The indictment outlined that Bullcoming coerced L.B. into "engaging in sexual intercourse with him under threat of arrest if she refused, and such coerced sexual activity resulted in bodily injury to the victim."

At Tuesday's hearing, it was made clear that this act by Bullcoming resulted in the victim becoming pregnant. 

The guilty plea effectively ended this case in federal court. 

The secondary charges of providing false statements to investigators have been dropped. 

Judge Timothy Cavan has recommended the guilty plea be accepted. A sentencing date has not been set.

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