ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A northwestern New Mexico man faces 12½ years in prison after being sentenced on convictions for abusive sexual contact and kidnapping Navajo boys.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 68-year-old William Detwiler of Vanderwagen in southern McKinley County was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

The office says Detwiler pleaded guilty in 2016 to charges involving two children under age 16.

According to a sentencing document, Detwiler didn’t know the boys and offered them rides to school.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the New Mexico State Police.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.