Tokio man gets 40 years for sexual abuse by offender

Staff reports

Gerard G. LoveJoy, Sr., 35, of Tokio, ND, was sentenced on June 13, by United States District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of sexual abuse and a charge of commission of federal sex offense by registered sex offender.

LoveJoy pleaded guilty to the charges on March 25, 2011.

Judge Hovland sentenced LoveJoy to 30 years in federal prison for the sexual abuse charge and 10 years in federal prison on the charge of commission of federal sex offense by registered sex offender. The sentences will be served consecutively.

LoveJoy was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,156 and a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

LoveJoy must register as a sex offender and will be on lifetime supervised release following his incarceration.

On September 18, 2010, LoveJoy, a registered sex offender, engaged in a sexual act with a juvenile who was sleeping at the time of the assault and who could not communicate a willingness to engage in the sexual act.

When the juvenile awoke, LoveJoy quickly left the room and jumped out of a window in the home.

The conduct occurred at a residence in Fort Yates, ND, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. LoveJoy had traveled from the Spirit Lake Reservation to Fort Yates the day prior to the event to visit relatives.

LoveJoy was required to register as a sex offender because of a January 1997 conviction for abusive sexual contact with a minor in United States District Court.