News Release

Man sentenced to prison for committing sexual battery in Yellowstone National Park

An aerial view of the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park, with people observing the geyser's eruption from a boardwalk. NPS photo.
The Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park.

NPS photo.

News Release Date: July 31, 2018

Contact: NPS Investigative Services Branch (ISB), 202-379-4761

A man who committed sexual battery within Yellowstone National Park has been sentenced to serve 12 months in prison. Micah Nathanial Heck, age 25, must then serve a year of supervised release and pay over $1,600 in restitution and fines. Additionally, pursuant to sentencing Heck must comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (34 U.S.C. 20901).

The sentence was handed down recently in US District Court for the District of Wyoming and was the result of an investigation led by a Special Agent with the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Heck was charged after an incident on September 3, 2017 within a concessionaire employee dormitory in the Old Faithful area of the park. 

Working with a US Park Ranger of Yellowstone National Park, the ISB Special Agent obtained substantial evidence to support criminal charges against Heck, who was indicted and later located and taken into custody in Claude, Texas. The US Attorney's Office for the District of Wyoming prosecuted the case. 

The National Park Service is dedicated to supporting victims and witnesses of all ages, and complies with the Attorney General's requirements for victims' rights and services. More information is available at and, or call 855-4-VICTIM. 


ISB: the Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service

Last updated: July 31, 2018