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Sex Crimes

Gazette opinion: The terribly underreported violent crime

The series of home-invasion rapes that occurred last year in Billings put our entire community on alert. People started locking doors — all the time — and hundreds of women turned out for a self-defense class organized by the Billings Police Department at Montana State University Billings.

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Man charged with raping girl, 6, and possession of child pornography

Man charged with raping girl, 6, and possession of child pornography

A man made an initial court appearance Friday on 22 charges alleging he repeatedly raped a 6-year-old girl and had child pornography depicting at least 18 victims.

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FBI offers $10,000 reward for Montana attempted rape suspect

FBI offers $10,000 reward for Montana attempted rape suspect

HELENA — The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a 28-year-old Montana man who escaped from Bozeman police while being questioned about a sexual assault.

February 19, 2014 6:06 pm Photos

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FBI joins search for Montana attempted rape suspect

FBI joins search for Montana attempted rape suspect

HELENA — The FBI in Salt Lake City is seeking assistance in locating a 28-year-old Montana man who escaped from Bozeman police while being questioned about a sexual assault.

February 14, 2014 3:24 pm Photos

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Idaho man faces Jackson human trafficking charge

JACKSON, Wyo. — An Idaho man is in custody in Jackson facing a human trafficking charge alleging that he forced a teenager to work as a prostitute.

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Repeat sex offender charged with indecent exposure

A registered sex offender appeared in court Tuesday on a charge of felony indecent exposure.

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Man charged with molesting 4-year-old girl

A man pleaded not guilty in District Court on Friday to a felony charge of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

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Man sentenced to 50 years for sexually assaulting boy

Man sentenced to 50 years for sexually assaulting boy

A judge has sentenced a man convicted of molesting a young boy to 70 years in Montana State Prison, with 20 years suspended.

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Man gets prison for soliciting sex with boy

HELENA — A 48-year-old Helena man was sentenced Thursday to the mandatory minimum of four years in prison plus 26 years of probation for the online solicitation of sex with what he thought was a 12-year-old boy.

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Guest opinion: UM agreement gives students hope for safer community

When a professor at the University of Montana made unwelcome sexual advances toward a female student, the student was so frightened that she had to leave the professor’s class. Despite the fact that the student’s ability to participate in class was disrupted, the university concluded that th…

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Man sentenced for decade-old Missoula rape

Man sentenced for decade-old Missoula rape

MISSOULA — A man who pleaded guilty to a decade-old rape was sentenced this week to 30 years in the Montana State Prison.

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Three Forks man charged with sexual assault

Three Forks man charged with sexual assault

BOZEMAN — A 77-year-old Three Forks man is jailed on $50,000 bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled man in a city park.

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Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

Missoula County Attorney: Office willing to scrutinize handling of sex assault cases

MISSOULA — Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to scrutinize the way his office handles sexual assault and rape cases – “but not with the threat of a lawsuit, not with a gun to my head.”

June 11, 2013 10:09 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Military must enforce zero tolerance for sexual assault

Last month at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, more than 400 U.S. military personnel showed up for a 5K run/walk. That seems like an unusual activity for troops in the combat zone. More surprising is the reason for the 5K: to raise awareness of sexual assault and prevention.

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Missoula man pleads guilty to rape of 13-year-old girl

A Missoula man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl during a night of drinking and three-way sex pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.

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Bullock signs sex offender bill into law

Bullock signs sex offender bill into law

HELENA — Under a new law, out-of-state sex offenders living in Montana will be required to submit a DNA sample to be included in a state-wide sex offender DNA database.

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Accused Wyoming sex offender arrested in Billings

Accused Wyoming sex offender arrested in Billings

A Wyoming man accused of sexually assaulting a child and who investigators believe may have tried to fake his own disappearance has been arrested getting off a bus in Billings.

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Expert witness testifies at UM rape trial

Expert witness testifies at UM rape trial

MISSOULA — People who have been raped, especially by acquaintances, behave in all sorts of ways that might not seem to make sense, an expert witness testified Thursday in the rape trial of former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson.

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Wyoming lawmaker: Human trafficking an 'underground problem' in the state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Human trafficking in Wyoming is an "underground problem," according to the sponsor of a bill to make it a criminal offense under state law.

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Casper woman pleads not guilty to sex with minor

Casper woman pleads not guilty to sex with minor

CASPER — A Casper woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

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