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CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

A former Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement officer is facing federal charges accusing him of coercing a woman into having sex and then lying about it to investigators.

During an arraignment on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Billings, Dana Michael Bullcoming, 42, of Lame Deer, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with deprivation of rights and two counts of false statements to a federal officer.

Federal prosecutor Jeffrey Starnes of Great Falls alleged in the indictment that on Oct. 31, 2015, at Lame Deer, Bullcoming, while acting under color of law, coerced a victim into sexual intercourse with him under threat of arrest if she refused. The coerced sexual activity injured the victim, the prosecutor said.

Bullcoming, while “acting under color of law,” deprived the victim of Constitutional rights, including to not be deprived of liberty without due process, and the right to “bodily integrity,” the indictment said.

Prosecutors also allege Bullcoming lied in February 2016 when he told FBI investigators that he did not have any contact with the victim on Oct. 31, 2015, and had “never in his life had sexual relations with (the victim).”

If convicted, Bullcoming faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the rights charge and a maximum eight years and a $250,000 fine on the false statement charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan continued Bullcoming’s release. The case will be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Watters.

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