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Red Lake man indicted for kidnapping, sexual assault

MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Red Lake man for allegedly kidnapping, assaulting and sexually abusing a woman.

Christopher Michael Strong, 30, was charged in U.S. District Court with one count of aggravated sexual abuse, one count of aggravated assault and one count of kidnapping.

The indictment alleges that Nov. 9 and Nov. 11, Strong knowingly caused a woman to engage in a sexual act by using force against her; assaulted her, the results being serious bodily injury; and confined, kidnapped and abducted her.

According to an FBI affidavit, the Red Lake Tribal Police were called to a residence at 11 p.m. Nov. 11 in response to a complaint that a woman had been beaten.

Upon arrival, officers were led into a back bedroom, where they found a woman lying on a bed next to Strong. The woman's eyes were swollen shut, and she had a laceration on her right jaw, a broken nose and bruises on her arms, legs, shoulders and face. She also had a bite mark on the left side of her back.

She told officers Strong had punched and kicked her repeatedly over the past several days. She also said he had smashed her face against a wooden stand. In addition, she told the officers Strong had confined her and had forced her to have sex with him.

The victim was transported to the Red Lake Indian Health Service Hospital, then referred to North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, and ultimately sent to Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd for treatment.

If convicted, Strong faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison on the sexual abuse and kidnapping counts and 10 years on the assault count.