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Former BIA officer acquitted of sexual assault


A former Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer was acquitted of sexually abusing a young girl on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.

Gerald Hill, 62, was tried twice. He was found guilty in 2006 but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, citing violations of his constitutional rights.

Hill testified that he didn't assault an 11-year-old girl at his home in October 2003. The girl, now 15, gave a conflicting account.

The jury deliberated for an hour and a half before acquitting Hill, The Billings Gazette reported.

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Ex-officer acquitted of sex crime (The Billings Gazette 5/30)