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A 45-year-old man was ordered to prison Friday for the attempted rape of a teen.

Mark William McGuire was sentenced to 15 years at Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended.

He’s also designated a level three sex offender, which is the highest designation with the Montana Department of Corrections and suggests his risk for a subsequent sexual offense is high.

McGuire will serve the sentence concurrently to a 20-year prison term he’s been given out of Missoula County District Court for a sexual assault.

Offenders are eligible for parole after serving a quarter of their sentence, provided there is no restriction from a judge. 

McGuire attempted to rape a minor in October 2017, continuing and escalating his efforts after the girl told him to stop, he admitted in court in December. The victim was born in 2001.

McGuire said in a statement to the victim — who was not present Friday — that she “did the right thing seeking out help when I did what I did.”

“I’m not a bad person, your honor. I’m an alcoholic,” McGuire told the court. “And when I drink, bad things happen.”

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“You’re right that you’re an alcoholic,” the judge responded. “You’re also a sex offender — a longtime sex offender.”

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Gregory Todd said he would have ordered a longer sentence if McGuire were not already facing a 20-year prison sentence for the Missoula case. 

Todd ordered McGuire to complete sex offender treatment before leaving prison and to have no contact with the victim or her family.

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Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.