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Hoopa Tribe makes statement regarding allegations in child molestation case

HOOPA - Hoopa tribal leaders responded Tuesday regarding recent alleged child molestation charges against reigning Miss Hoopa, Kayla Brown.

Brown was accused last week of four counts of child molestation of a girl under the age of 16. Officials for the tribe said the allegations against the suspect are very shocking and unfortunate.

Rumors that Brown’s bail was paid by the tribe were quickly put to rest. Chairwoman Danielle Vigil-Masten said, “For the record, the Hoopa Valley Tribe does not pay bail for any of our tribal members nor do I personally."

The tribe has taken no action regarding Brown’s status as Miss Hoopa Valley saying,  “Those accused of crimes are entitled to due process. Vigil-Masten went on to say, “Our hearts go out to all parties involved.”