A jury on Friday found a Bridger man guilty of raping a woman and a young girl.
Gene Deveraux, 55, was found guilty on five felony counts of rape and one felony count of sexual assault in Carbon County District Court after a five-day trial.
The trial began Monday, and closing arguments concluded Friday afternoon, according to Carbon County attorney Alex Nixon. The jury began deliberating around 4 p.m., Nixon said, and the verdict was returned around 6:20 p.m. Deveraux was found guilty on all six counts.
Carbon County District Court Judge Matthew Wald presided over the trial.
Deveraux raped and sexually assaulted the underage victim multiple times over the course of seven years, according to amended charges filed by Nixon in March. He also allegedly had nonconsensual sex with an adult woman multiple times, resulting in bodily injuries to the victim. One of the victims was 6 years old when first assaulted.
After denying the original charges in January 2017, Deveraux posted a $100,000 surety bond.
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He then racked up six violations to his release conditions, prosecutors say, including attending a party hosted by the friend of one of his alleged victims, where he reportedly glared at the girl and mingled with others in close proximity.
He also drove by the home of one of the alleged victims’ family members and confronted the man on a separate occasion while driving alongside him, yelling and pointing his hand like a gun, according to documents filed by the prosecution.
In January 2018, Deveraux drove to a Billings elementary school where one of the alleged victims’ relatives was parked and waiting to pick up a child from school, and then pointed at the woman, mouthing what she thought were the words, “You’re next.” Deveraux parked his car and stayed long enough for a witness to photograph him, prosecutors say. He is not allowed contact with minors under the terms of his release.
After having his release revoked for the violations, Deveraux later posted another $50,000 surety bond.
Deveraux faces up to 100 years in prison for two of the rape charges, and four years to life imprisonment for each of the remaining four charges.