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Man pleads not guilty to Missoula rape

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Zabihullah Mohmand
Posted at 2:08 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 16:35:55-04

MISSOULA — A man accused of raping a woman at a downtown Missoula hotel in October says he's not guilty.

Zabihullah Mohmand, 19 years old, was arraigned in Missoula District Court Thursday before Judge Shane Vannatta on a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

Mohmand, a humanitarian parolee from Afghanistan, is accused of raping an 18-year-old girl after leaving a Missoula bar on October 17.

In charging documents, Doe told authorities they left the bar to look for a house party but when they couldn't find one, Mohmand asked the woman to go back to his hotel room and she agreed.

Doe told authorities that is where Mohmand allegedly sexually assaulted her. The woman told authorities that Mohmand was visiting Missoula on a "worldwide trip."

Court documents say that Mohmand told investigators that he and the woman had consensual sex and that Doe "wanted him very badly" and "was coming on to him."

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Zabihullah Mohmand appearing in Missoula courtroom on November 4, 2021.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte called on the Biden Administration to halt the relocation of Afghan refugees to Montana following the report of the alleged rape.

According to U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ office, Mohmand was admitted to the United States and placed in Montana under Humanitarian Parole — a government program used to bring someone with a compelling emergency to temporarily stay in the United States.

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) spokesman Jon Ebelt told MTN News in an earlier report that Mohmand is one of 20 people who was placed in Montana as part of the federal Afghan Placement and Assistance Program.

Mohmand is not part of the Special Immigrant Visa program, which is a program for people who worked with the U.S. military as a translator or interpreter in Iraq or Afghanistan.

A judge set Mohmand's next court appearance for December 9.