News Release Date: April 28, 2016
Contact: NPS Investigative Services Branch, (202) 379-4761
An ISB Special Agent was recently honored by the US Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona "In Recognition of Your Service for Acts Above and Beyond the Call of Duty on Behalf of Federal Crime Victims."
The award was for a multi-year investigation at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Sexual assaults of juveniles that took place years earlier were reported to law enforcement in 2010, sparking an extensive ISB investigation.
The Special Agent determined that Blain Pannell sexually abused a juvenile family member and had illegal sexual contact with another juvenile family member while out on a boat at Lake Powell in the summer of 2002. The investigation also showed that Pannell sexually abused a juvenile family member for several years.
In 2015, Pannell pleaded guilty to a felony count of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 30 months incarceration plus one year probation, and must register as a sex offender upon release from prison. The court also ordered Pannell to attend counseling.
US Attorney John Leonardo said this case’s “outcome is a testament to the dedicated work of the National Park Service in diligently investigating a pattern of misconduct that had occurred many years earlier.”
The Special Agent received the award on April 20, 2016 during a ceremony marking Crime Victims' Rights Week.