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Arizona man gets time served in sweat lodge sex contact case

Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-23 14:43:39-04

PHOENIX (AP) - 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 Friday 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.