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United States of America v. Joseph Anthony Turrey
Case Number: 3:21-cr-05385
Judge: Benjamin H. Settle
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Pierce County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Tacoma
Three victims disclosed abuse by Joseph Anthony Turrey, age 69, of Port Angeles, Washington, that occurred between 2008 and 2016. The charged assaults occurred on tribal land, triggering federal jurisdiction. Two of the victims were as young as 6 and 7 years old when the sexual assaults began.
Early in his career, in 1993-94, Turrey served as a law enforcement officer on the Hoh Reservation. Turrey, and those who knew him at that time, described his role as Chief of Police. The Hoh Tribe has no record of that position, but is aware that Turrey was employed by the tribe and supervised a fisheries enforcement officer. Turrey went on to serve as a police officer for the Lower Elwah Tribe and also served on the Tribal Council.
Turrey was convicted of six counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor, two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and one count of Abusive Sexual Contact.
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor is punishable by a mandatory-minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life. Abusive Sexual Contact is punishable by a maximum of life in prison. Sexual Abuse of a Minor is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI and Lower Elwha S’Klallam Police Department, with assistance from the National Park Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristine Foerster, Will Dreher, and Jonas Lerman.
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor - MV1 - 18:1153, 2241(c), and 2246(2)(D)
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor - MV2 - 18:1153, 2241(c), and 2246(2)(C)
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor - MV2 - 18:1153, 2241(c), and 2246(2)(D)
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor - MV2 - 18:1153, 2241(c) and 2246(2)(A)
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Outcome: Defendant was found guilty on all counts.