Billings man denies rape charges

2007-07-16T23:00:00Z Billings man denies rape chargesGazette News Services The Billings Gazette
July 16, 2007 11:00 pm  • 

A Billings man who advocates for the homeless pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court to charges that he raped a 26-year-old woman.

Kenneth Richard Glode, 49, appeared for arraignment before Judge G. Todd Baugh on a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent. Glode also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Glode is the founder of Helping the Homeless Inc., a Billings nonprofit offering job counseling and housing assistance.

He also owns Always Green Lawn Sprinklers, which hires homeless workers.

Glode is accused of raping a woman July 6 in a residence at 125 Broadwater Ave.

The woman told police she went to the home with a friend and was pushed into a bedroom, punched in the face and raped. She later identified Glode as her attacker.

Baugh set bond at $50,000 after prosecutors said Glode has ties to California, where he was convicted in 1986 of grand theft.

Glode has misdemeanor convictions in Montana for assault, domestic assault and contempt, Deputy County Rod Souza said.

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