Indian fake healer sentenced to life in prison for sexual abuse and illegal possession of eagle parts
Through Levi Rickert
A man who posed as a Native American “male doctor” so he could sexually abuse a Native American minor has been sentenced to life in prison.
Described by a federal prosecutor as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” during his trial, Carl Ortner, 57, of Quapaw, Oklahoma, was convicted in May of sexually abusing a Native American girl and illegal possession of eagle parts.
US District Judge John F. Heil III sentenced Ortner to life in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of $ 100,000.
In 2016, Ortner began to sexually abuse the minor. While some of the abuse is believed to have taken place within Oklahoma state jurisdiction, Ortner also abused the victim on Indian land, which is under federal jurisdiction. Additionally, at one point, Ortner drove the victim to Joplin, Missouri to engage in criminal sexual activity with the underage victim. Crossing state borders to engage in illegal activity is federal jurisdiction.
Witnesses said Ortner threatened to embarrass the victim and the tribe unless she said the sexual assault did not take place. Two other women also testified for the government who said Ortner also groomed them as minors and sexually assaulted them.
“The victim in this case and two others have courageously come forward and shed light on Ortner’s criminal behavior,” Acting US Attorney Clint Johnson said in a press release. “Today’s life sentence sends a strong message that child sexual abuse will not be tolerated. “
In addition to sexually abusing the American Indian child, Ortner was convicted of possessing the feathers, talons and heads of seven bald eagles and seven golden eagles.
A Fish and Wildlife Service special agent said investigators found feathers and various parts of bald and golden eagles, including heads, talons and entire wings, at Ortner’s residence.
Ortner claimed to be a tribal citizen of various tribes, but he does not appear on any tribal registration documents, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma. It is illegal for non-natives to own eagle parts. American Indians, who are citizens of one of the 574 federally recognized tribes, are allowed to own eagle parts.
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Office, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, and Office of Indian Affairs conducted the investigation. Assistant US prosecutors Ryan Roberts and Shannon Cozzoni continued the case.
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