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HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a Stevensville man's convictions for incest, rape and sexual assault involving two 11-year-old girls and ordered a new trial.

The court ruled Tuesday that the judge was wrong not to allow a defense expert to testify that she believed a counselor asked leading questions of the man's daughter.

Justices also found the judge did not weigh the merits before allowing the Rape Shield Law to be used as grounds to exclude evidence that the other girl had knowledge of sexual activities because her father had pleaded guilty to abusing her.

The defense sought to argue that the second girl's allegations against him were fabricated.

The defendant was sentenced in February 2014 to 100 years in prison with 25 suspended.

The Associated Press isn't naming the defendant to avoid identifying his daughter.

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