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Arizona man sentenced to time served in sweat lodge sex contact case

Supai Village is tucked into Grand Canyon's western rim and is home to the Havasupai Nation. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

Supai Village is tucked into Grand Canyon's western rim and is home to the Havasupai Nation. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

PHOENIX — The FBI says a man who lived on a remote Arizona reservation known for its blue-green waterfalls has been sentenced to time served plus lifetime supervised release in a case involving sexual contact during a sweat lodge ceremony he performed.

The agency said March 22 that 53-year-old Fydel Jones has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact in the case.

The FBI has said Jones offered to conduct a sweat lodge ceremony for a Canadian tourist and her friends in 2017 when they traveled to the Havasupai reservation for a wedding ceremony. Authorities say that once they were in the small hut, Jones intentionally touched a woman directly and over her clothing without permission.

Jones is from the small reservation village of Supai.

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