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Poplar man gets life sentence for sexual assaults of young girls

Helena, Montana (AP) 10-07

A Poplar man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexual assaults on two young girls.

In sentencing Elmer Red Eagle Jr., 40, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Lovell described Red Eagle’s acts as almost incomprehensible and said a life sentence was needed to protect the public.

“It seems to the court that you are a predatory pedophile,” Lovell said Thursday. “These are serious, despicable offenses and the defendant’s entire history is replete with a demonstration of no respect for the law.”

The judge said he was referring to Red Eagle’s 27 tribal drunken driving arrests and 16 domestic abuse convictions.

Prosecutors said he raped a 9-year-old girl in 2000 or 2001 and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in September 2005, after she passed out from drinking alcohol Red Eagle gave her.

In court, Red Eagle continued to maintain he did not sexually assault the girls. He wrote letters to a newspaper disparaging the girls and other witnesses who testified at his trial in May, Lovell noted.

The jury deliberated for 35 minutes before convicting him of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and sexual abuse of a minor. The life sentence is for the aggravated sexual abuse, with a concurrent 20 years for the second offense.

Information from:
Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com


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