Level 3 sex offender arrested on suspicion of following girls at mall

2014-03-27T15:08:00Z 2014-03-28T15:40:08Z Level 3 sex offender arrested on suspicion of following girls at mallby EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A level 3 sex offender who a prosecutor said was caught following young girls at Rimrock Mall has been arrested and could face up to 12 years prison for violating his parole.

Timothy Thomas Luplow, 56, was arrested Monday and appeared in court Thursday, where District Judge George W. Huss set his bond at $50,000, pending a revocation hearing, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.

Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Brett Linneweber said that Luplow is serving 12 years of supervised release from prison that could be revoked and turned into prison time.

Linneweber said that Luplow was caught three times following young girls at Rimrock Mall.

Luplow was sentenced to 23 years prison, with 17 years of supervised release, in 1998 for sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was working alone at a Payless Shoesource store in the Heights on Sept. 23, 1997, according to a Gazette report.

The victim, who was not physically injured by Luplow, later sued Payless after the company wouldn't let her make a workers' compensation claim. A jury awarded her $1.5 million in damages. The award was upheld in the Montana Supreme Court.

Luplow pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl shortly before he was to go to trial in 1998 and in exchange prosecutors agreed to dismiss 17 other sex charges.

Prosecutors alleged that on the same day in 1997, Luplow offered to pay multiple young girls for sex and then exposed himself when they refused.

After he was arrested on those charges, victims in sex crimes going back to 1996 identified Luplow as their attacker.

He was also convicted in 1996 of stalking a woman at a hotel in Sheridan, Wyo.

Luplow became eligible for early release from prison after completing some of his required sexual offender treatment.

His designation as a level 3 sexual offender means he is considered to be at a high risk of re-offending. 

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