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Trial underway for Great Falls man accused of sexually assaulting teen

Posted at 3:26 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 17:26:57-04

Richard Lee Tome is standing trial in Great Falls for one felony count of sexual intercourse without consent.

He is accused of raping a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl.

According to court documents, the girl told her mother that she had been raped by Tome.

The girl told investigators that Tome showed her pornographic images on his phone, fondled her breasts, exposed his genitals, and then raped her.

When questioned by police, Tome denied sexually assaulting the teen and denied being sexually attracted to her. 

The girl underwent a sexual assault exam at Benefis Health System, which revealed "vaginal lacerations, swelling and tenderness."

The trial is expected to last two days.


(NOVEMBER 2016) Richard Lee Tome has been charged after he allegedly raped a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl in Great Falls.

According to court documents, the girl told her mother that she had been raped by Tome. The girl told investigators that Tome had showed her pornographic images on his phone, fondled her breasts, exposed his genitals, and then raped her.

When questioned by police, Tome denied sexually assaulting the teen and denied being sexually attracted to her. 

The girl underwent a sexual assault exam at the Emergency Department of Benefis Health System, which revealed "vaginal lacerations, swelling and tenderness."

Tome’s criminal history – which dates back to 1976 – includes several convictions for burglary, mistreating prisoners, assault, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, probation violations, and revocation of suspended sentences.

Tome is charged with one felony count of sexual intercourse without consent.

Prosecutors requested that bail for Tome be set at $100,000.

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