- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former Ute tribal leader in Utah has been indicted on charges he sexually abused a child.

A federal grand jury indictment, unsealed Thursday, charges Richard Jenks Jr. of Fort Duchesne with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of a sexual abuse of a minor.

KSL reports (https://bit.ly/1vONukE ) the 56-year-old Jenks is accused of sexually abusing the girl from the time she was 10 years old until she was 16.

Jenks has served more than one term on the Ute Tribe Business Committee, representing members of the tribe’s Uncompahgre Band. The six-member panel exercises executive and legislative power on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah.

Jenks’ most recent term in office ended in April 2013.

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Information from: KSL-TV, https://www.ksl.com/

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