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A 46-year-old Lockwood man is accused of raping a 15-year-old.

Marty Leonard Ewell appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Thursday on four counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one count of sexual abuse of children.

Judge Pro Tem Juli Pierce set bond at $75,000. 

Ewell gave his phone number to the teen because he was seen as a trusted adult she could contact if she were in trouble, the teen told law enforcement.

Ewell asked the teen to perform oral sex on him on multiple occasions, according to charges, and asked for and sent nude photos.

“The defendant had repeatedly told her to delete everything ‘so they wouldn’t get caught,’” charges state. “He explained to her it would be bad for both of them.”

Ewell told law enforcement he thought the girl was 16 but the girl told sheriff’s deputies Ewell knew her birth date, including the year.

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Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.