PORTLAND, Oregon – The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not have the staff to issue news releases regarding sentences that were handed down during the recent government shutdown. Today, it released news that Shane Britton, 43, of Pendleton was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,803 in damages for abusive sexual contact on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
In October, a federal jury in Portland had convicted the defendant of one count of abuse sexual behavior. He was staying at a home of a woman and her daughter on the reservation when he was alleged to have perpetrated a series of invasive physical encounters with the daughter.
According to court records, he told investigators that “in no way, shape, or form did (the unnamed victim) do anything wrong or provoke” his abusive conduct. In a recorded interview he first denied the charge, and then later admitted that he inappropriately touched the victim. Both the victim and her mother are enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Britton is not a tribal member.
The case against Britton was investigated by the FBI and the Umatilla Tribal Police. The incident occurred in June 2016.