Albert Christopher Ledeau of Great Falls has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent after he reportedly had a sexual relationship with a 15-year old girl.
Ledeau is 25 years old.
In August, the girl told investigators that she had known Ledeau since she was 13 years old, and that he knew hold she was. She said they began having sex when she was 14, and stopped when she was 15.
According to court documents state, Ledeau told the girl he didn't care if he got caught, but also told her that they shouldn't tell anyone about the relationship.
When the girl's mother found out about the relationship, she confronted Ledeau, who admitted to the relationship, and saying he was "sick in the head" and didn't know why he did it, and apologized.
The girl's mother and grandmother reportedly provided screenshots of Facebook messages to police.
Court documents state that the messages indicate the two had a lengthy sexual relationship.
Here is the relevant section of Montana Code:
45-5-503. Sexual intercourse without consent. (1) A person who knowingly has sexual intercourse without consent with another person commits the offense of sexual intercourse without consent. A person may not be convicted under this section based on the age of the person's spouse, as provided in 45-5-501(1)(a)(ii)(D).
(2) A person convicted of sexual intercourse without consent shall be punished by life imprisonment or by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than 2 years or more than 100 years and may be fined not more than $50,000, except as provided in 46-18-219, 46-18-222, and subsections (3) and (4) of this section.
(3) (a) If the victim is less than 16 years old and the offender is 4 or more years older than the victim or if the offender inflicts bodily injury upon anyone in the course of committing sexual intercourse without consent, the offender shall be punished by life imprisonment or by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than 4 years or more than 100 years and may be fined not more than $50,000, except as provided in 46-18-219 and 46-18-222.
45-5-501. Definitions. (1) (a) As used in 45-5-503, the term "without consent" means:
(i) the victim is compelled to submit by force against the victim or another; or
(ii) subject to subsections (1)(b) and (1)(c), the victim is incapable of consent because the victim is:
(A) mentally disordered or incapacitated;
(B) physically helpless;
(C) overcome by deception, coercion, or surprise;
(D) less than 16 years old;
(E) incarcerated in an adult or juvenile correctional, detention, or treatment facility or is on probation or parole and the perpetrator is an employee, contractor, or volunteer of the supervising authority and has supervisory or disciplinary authority over the victim, unless the act is part of a lawful search;