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Great Falls

Jan 18, 2013 8:58 PM by KRTV

Van Delden facing sexual intercourse without consent, tampering with evidence charges

Jenna Van Delden has been arrested for the second time in three days in connection with allegedly harboring a runaway teenager in her Great Falls home and is now facing more criminal charges.

The 13-year old male was reported as a runaway on September 17, 2012, and was found safe on Tuesday at Van Delden's home on Chowen Springs Loop in Great Falls; he was hiding underneath a bunk bed in a second floor bedroom of the residence.

Van Delden, 25, was arrested and charged at the time with custodial interference, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

On Thursday evening, Van Delden was arrested again and is now facing four charges of sexual intercourse without consent and one charge of tampering with evidence.

Court documents state that Van Delden and the teen have both admitted that they were involved in a sexual relationship, and Van Delden told an investigator that she "truly loved" the teen.

The court document states that after bonding out of jail for the initial charges, Van Delden went to the Juvenile Detention Center where the teen was being held in order to check on his well-being.

When she was told that she could not see him, she requested that she be allowed to have her wedding ring and a heart-shaped ring that she had given to the teen.

Prosecutors have requested that bond for Van Delden be set at $25,000.

She is scheduled to make a court appearance for the new charges on Friday afternoon.

We will update you as we learn more.


UPDATE, 1:30 pm: Judge Neill set bond for Van Delden at $50,000 based on the severity of charges, her alleged attempt to make contact with the teen immediately after she posted bail on previous charges, and her potential flight risk.


(January 16, 2012) Charging documents state that Sheriff's deputies interviewed Van Delden on October 5, 2012; during the interview, Van Delden denied any knowledge of the teen's whereabouts and stated that she had not had any recent contact with him.

The documents state that officers entered Van Delden's residence on other occasions following the initial interview after receiving information that she was "hiding the child from his father and from law enforcement officers." The teen was not found during any of those visits.

On January 14, 2013, law enforcement received word that the teen had been seen at Van Delden's home earlier in the day, and that he had been living there since he ran away from home.

A search warrant was granted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and officers went to the home, where Van Delden again denied having any knowledge of the teen's whereabouts and stated that he was not inside of her house.

When a deputy searched the home, he found the teen hiding underneath a bunk bed in a second-floor bedroom.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with obstructing a peace officer.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the Cascade County Attorney's Office and the Department of Family Services in the investigation.

The Sheriff's Office says that at no time during the investigation have they determined that the teen was abducted or removed under duress from his parents, and that he is considered to be a recovered runaway.

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