As of Wednesday, May 4, 2016
YAKIMA A Wapato man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child.
Charles Pete Eyle, 52, of the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation, was sentenced after having been convicted of two counts of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.
Separately, Eyle was convicted of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Senior District Judge William Fremming Nielsen sentenced Eyle to a life term of imprisonment.
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, on July 3, 2014, Eyle sexually assaulted a young child. The assault was reported to law enforcement later that day, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Michael C. Ormsby, said.
A family member transported the young child to the hospital, where a sexual assault examination was completed. Evidence obtained from the examination was sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va., where Eyle’s DNA was recovered, Ormsby said in a press release.
The Yakama Nation Police Department and the FBI investigated the matter. During the investigation, law enforcement officers quickly discovered that Eyle had two prior convictions, which involved sexual acts with children, Ormsby said.
The officers applied for and obtained a search warrant for Eyle’s residence. Among other items, the officers discovered a box of ammunition in Eyle’s bedroom.
On June 3, 2015, following a three-day trial, a jury found Eyle guilty of the sexual abuse charges.
In a separate trial, on Nov. 23, 2015, a jury found him guilty of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition.
“I commend the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Wapato Police Department, the FBI and the ATF for their thorough investigation of this case and exemplary working partnership,” Ormsby said.
“In this case, the Wapato Police Department and the ATF were instrumental in following through with the investigation,” he said. “The Yakama Nation Police Department and the FBI conducted a lengthy investigation, conducted dozens of interviews, spent countless hours developing the case, and processed all of the evidence to ensure that justice would prevail.”
The case was prosecuted by Tom Hanlon, an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.