Keshena man sentenced for abusive sexual contact

His victim was 8 years old when abuse occurred
By: 

Kevin Murphy Leader Correspondent


RICKI MAHKIMETAS JR.

A Keshena man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 16 years and eight months in prison followed by 20 years’ supervised release for abusive sexual contact with a minor.

Ricki A. Mahkimetas Jr., 25, pleaded guilty in June to having sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl he was babysitting in August 2017 while other minor children were in the same residence.

Mahkimetas’ supervisory role over the child constituted the abusive component of the charge.

Mahkimetas denied having sexual contact with a child when interviewed by Menominee Tribal Police in late September 2017. He was arrested in October on tribal charges for similar alleged child sexual conduct and remained in custody.

In December, a federal grand jury in Milwaukee indicted him on a child sex charge. That was amended later to add two more alleged child victims.

Mahkimetas agreed to plead guilty after his attorney failed to get a federal judge to throw out incriminating statements Mahkimetas made to FBI agents while being transported from the tribal jail to federal detention in Green Bay.

The plea agreement stated that the U.S. Attorney’s office would recommend a 15-year sentence for Mahkimetas.

The abusive sexual contact charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Although he was sentenced on one count of abusive sexual contact with a child, District Judge William Griesbach could factor in the two other similar counts in Mahkimetas’ sentence.

Griesbach described Mahkimetas’ crime as “horrendous” and noted the impact of the offense on the victims’ families and the entire Menominee Indian community. He also said that Mahkimetas abused the trust placed him in by the child victims and their parents.