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Helena man charged with sexually assaulting a teen

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Posted at 8:12 AM, Jul 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-03 10:21:53-04

HELENA — David John Schmitz of Helena has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16.

Schmitz made his initial appearance in Lewis & Clark County Justice Court on July 2. He faces three felony sexual assault charges.

The Lewis & Clark Sheriff’s Office was informed of the alleged assault by Child Protective Services.

During their interview with the girl, law enforcement was made aware of several alleged instances of assault and inappropriate behavior by Schmitz in 2021.

Schmitz, 56 years old, was interviewed by detectives and allegedly admitted to some of the behavior, but denied any wrongdoing and sexual intent on his part.

Bail for Schmitz was set at $50,000.