FBI seeks info on cold case

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

WINDOW ROCK, Dec. 19, 2013

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The FBI is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Roland A. Cantsee.

The body of Cantsee, 45, of ShiprockÊ was found on Nov. 27, 2011, in a field approximately eight miles north of the Flowing Water Navajo Casino, in Hogback, N.M., on the Navajo Reservation.

The cause of death was determined to be blunt impact trauma to the head.

Cantsee had been reported missing by a relative on Nov. 26, 2011, after not being seen since Nov. 11, 2011.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Albuquerque FBI at 505-889-1300 (24 hours), NNDPS at 505-368-1300, or send a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov.

Sex offender sentenced to 30 months

GALLUP - George Nez, 71, who resides in Mexican Springs, N.M., entered a guilty plea Tuesday in federal district court in Albuquerque on a child sex abuse charge and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Nez will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

Nez was indicted in March 2011 and charged with three counts of abusive sexual contact of a child under the age of 12. The indictment alleged that Nez had sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 on three occasions at a location within the Navajo Reservation between June 2009 and September 2009.Ê

Court filings reflect that the child victim reported the abuse to a parent in January of 2011, and the parent contacted law enforcement authorities prompting the investigation that led to the filing of charges against Nez.

On Tuesday, Nez pled guilty to Count 1 of the indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact and admitted knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years by touching the child's genitals. Nez acknowledged that he committed this offense between June 1, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2009. Nez was sentenced immediately after entering his guilty plea.

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