FARMINGTON  — A man who was convicted of three counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.

Kenneth Mike Etsitty, a 58-year-old man from Tse-Yah-Toh, near Gallup, was sentenced to 18 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. He will also have to register as a sex offender, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced in a press release Monday.

Etsitty was charged with 10 county of child sex abuse in May 2012 when a girl who was born in 2002 told FBI agents Etsitty had molested her for years. The girl reported the abuse to FBI agents in February 2012, according to court documents.

In May 2012, Etsitty told agents he started abusing the girl when she was four and continued until November 2011, according to court documents. He abused her while she slept in his home near Gallup.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of aggracated sexual abuse of a child in October.

During his interview with investigators, Etsitty said he has abused multiple young girls by having sex with them and molesting  them. He allegedly said he has been abusing young girls for decades, according to documents.

The investigation into Etsitty's past crimes is ongoing, according to court documents.



The crime happened within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation and was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and Crownpoint Division of the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety.