A member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians was sentenced to life in prison today in a Grand Rapids federal court for sexually assaulting three child tribe members.
Clifford Gould Jr., 47, of Peshawbestown was convicted of four counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual conduct in March.
U.S. Attorney Donald Davis said Gould attacked the girls -- two of whom were 9 and one was 6 at the time --- in his home on the Grand Traverse Band reservation on the Leelanau Peninsula between April 2005 and May 2007.
"I hope this sentence sends a clear message to those who think they can commit violent crime in Indian Country with impunity, especially the exploitation of children in our tribal communities," Davis added. "There will be a high price to pay."