Native American film producer, actor sentenced to 4 years in prison for 2017 rape

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American film producer and actor Redwolf Pope was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of sexually assaulting a Seattle woman in New Mexico in 2017. A jury found the 44-year-old Pope guilty of rape and voyeurism three months ago.

Prosecutors said Pope took photos and video of himself sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in a Santa Fe hotel room. The woman was an acquaintance of Pope’s and she had asked him to drive her home from a party, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. She told prosecutors she was handed a drink when she got into Pope’s vehicle and woke up later without any memory of what occurred that night.

At the sentencing hearing, Pope appeared by video from the Santa Fe County jail and said he rescued the victim from an unsafe party and the two had a consensual encounter that night. Prosecutors said Pope was credited with about 2½ years of time served and will be required to register as a sex offender. Pope also faces rape charges in two cases in Seattle and will stand trial in that city after serving time for his conviction in New Mexico.

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