Jury selection began in Great Falls on Monday for the trial of Juan Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual intercourse without consent.
Rodriguez is facing the charge for an alleged incident in 2002.
In 2014, detectives received a call about a post on social media revealing what had happened.
According to the victim, Rodriguez was giving her a ride home, when he pulled over on a dirt road and raped her; the victim was 15 years old at the time.
Court documents allege that Rodriguez made several attempts to contact the victim after the incident occurred..
The trial is expected to last all week.
According to Montana Code, the statute of limitations for felony charges (such as sexual intercourse without consent) can extend to 10 years after the victim has reached the age of 18.
45-1-205. General time limitations. (1) (a) A prosecution for deliberate, mitigated, or negligent homicide may be commenced at any time.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (9), a prosecution for a felony offense under 45-5-502, 45-5-503, or 45-5-507(4) or (5) may be commenced within 10 years after it is committed, except that it may be commenced within 10 years after the victim reaches 18 years of age if the victim was less than 18 years of age at the time that the offense occurred. A prosecution for a misdemeanor offense under those provisions may be commenced within 1 year after the offense is committed, except that it may be commenced within 5 years after the victim reaches 18 years of age if the victim was less than 18 years of age at the time that the offense occurred.
(FEBRUARY 5, 2015) Juan Anastasio Rodriguez of Great Falls appeared in court on Thursday, charged with raping a 15-year old girl in 2002.
Rodriguez, 31 year old, pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent.
According to court documents, Great Falls police began to investigate after they were notified of an online post from a woman apparently disclosing the rape.
According to the victim, Rodriguez was giving her a ride home when he pulled over on a dirt road held her down and raped her.
Court documents allege that Rodriguez made several attempts to contact the victim in the years following the incident, including showing up at the victim's residence unannounced.
A trial has been scheduled for June 1st.