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A Lodge Grass man accused of sexually molesting a minor admitted federal charges on Monday in U.S. District Court in Billings.

Loyal Jude Hogan, 33, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a minor as charged in an indictment.

Hogan was to have gone to trial on Monday and potential jurors had been called, but he pleaded guilty instead.

The indictment accused Hogan of knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a person who was between the ages of 12 and 16 in June 2014 in Lodge Grass.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters ordered Hogan into custody and set sentencing for Feb. 28.

Hogan faces a maximum two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.