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Blaine County teacher charged with raping a student

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Apr 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-25 17:18:00-04

GREAT FALLS — Jack G. Young, a teacher at Harlem High School in Blaine County, has been arrested and is facing several felony charges after he allegedly raped a student.

Blaine County Sheriff Jeff Colby said in a news release that a student alleged earlier this month that a "sexual relationship" had begun between she and Young.

Sheriff's deputies began investigating in conjunction with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

After obtaining "ample evidence," officers executed a search warrant at Young's residence on Friday, April 22, and arrested Young.

Young has been arrested on charges of sexual intercourse without consent, sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, and indecent exposure.


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NOTE: “Sexual intercourse without consent” is the legal term in Montana for what is commonly referred to as rape, according to Montana Code:

45-5-503. Sexual intercourse without consent.

  • (1) A person who knowingly has sexual intercourse with another person without consent or with another person who is incapable of consent 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)(b)(iv).
  • (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 more than 20 years and may be fined not more than $50,000, except as provided in 46-18-21946-18-222, and subsections (3), (4), and (5) 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 on 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 45-5-502, 45-5-503, and 45-5-508, the term "consent" means words or overt actions indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact and is further defined but not limited by the following:

  • (i) an expression of lack of consent through words or conduct means there is no consent or that consent has been withdrawn;
  • (ii) a current or previous dating or social or sexual relationship by itself or the manner of dress of the person involved with the accused in the conduct at issue does not constitute consent; and
  • (iii) lack of consent may be inferred based on all of the surrounding circumstances and must be considered in determining whether a person gave consent.
  • (b) Subject to subsections (1)(c) through (1)(g), the victim is incapable of consent because the victim is:
    • (i) mentally disordered or incapacitated;
    • (ii) physically helpless;
    • (iii) overcome by deception, coercion, or surprise;
    • (iv) less than 16 years old;
    • (v) incarcerated in an adult or juvenile correctional, detention, or treatment facility or is on probation, conditional release, 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;
    • (vi) receiving services from a youth care facility, as defined in 52-2-602