Stamper sentenced for abusive sexual contact of a minor

by Jan 31, 2022NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments


ASHEVILLE – Forrest Cole Stamper, 28, of Cherokee, was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 31 to 48 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for abusive sexual contact of a minor in Indian Country, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. also ordered Stamper to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.

Joining U.S. Attorney King in making the announcement was Chief Josh Taylor of the Cherokee Indian Police Department.

Stamper pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 1, 2021. According to plea documents and information presented in court, Stamper admitted that on Sept. 6, 2020, he knowingly engaged in unlawful sexual contact with a minor victim who was under the age of 12 at the time of the offense. Stamper admitted to touching the minor on the minor’s groin and inner thigh. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Cogburn imposed on Stamper the statutory maximum penalty for the offense.

Stamper is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

In making the announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the Cherokee Indian Police Department for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pritchard, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, prosecuted the case.

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