Man, 24, charged with raping hotel maid

2014-07-31T17:06:00Z 2014-08-15T17:29:06Z Man, 24, charged with raping hotel maidBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A 24-year-old man is facing a charge that he raped a Billings hotel maid on July 24.

According to court documents, Darren Jon Longhair asked the maid to inspect his room at the Rimview Inn, 1025 N. 27th St., so he could get his room deposit back and then forced her to have sex.

Longhair is charged with sexual intercourse without consent, which carries a sentence of between two and 100 years in prison. 

The woman told police that Longhair ripped her clothes off before sexually assaulting her, and then said “it was nice meeting you” when he left after about 15 minutes, charging documents state.

A responding officer noted the woman was shaking and crying as she explained what happened.

She gave police the license plate number of the vehicle Longhair was driving, and hotel records showed he was the occupant of the room where the alleged rape happened, charging documents say.

The alleged victim also identified Longhair as her attacker from a photo line-up, court records say.

Longhair appeared voluntarily on the charge in Yellowstone County Justice Court, where Judge Pedro R. Hernandez agreed with a prosecutor’s request to have the man held on $50,000 bond. 

The judge ordered Longhair to sit in the jury box until sheriff’s deputies arrived to take him into custody.

Longhair is scheduled to enter a plea to the charge in Yellowstone County District Court on Aug. 7.

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