John F. Wallette, 35, of Belcourt, ND, was found guilty by a federal jury on Feb. 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after a three-day trial in the Federal Courthouse in Minot.


John F. Wallette, 35, of Belcourt, ND, was found guilty by a federal jury on Feb. 3 on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after a three-day trial in the Federal Courthouse in Minot.
The jury found that Wallette had engaged in various sexual acts with a child under the age of 12 from an unknown time to about July 2008.
Additional evidence presented at trial indicated that Wallette also sexually abused other children while employed at a youth shelter facility in Belcourt.
Wallette faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in federal prison, with a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Sentencing for Wallette has been scheduled for April 25, in Minot.