Helena-area man found guilty of repeatedly raping child | Crime & Courts

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A Helena-area man was found guilty Thursday on eight totally different counts for repeatedly raping a child youthful than 12. 

The jury returned guilty verdicts towards Robert Michael Arellano on six counts of sexual activity with out consent, one depend of sexual abuse of kids and one depend of tampering with a witness.

The jury deliberated for simply two hours earlier than delivering the verdicts at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

What was scheduled to be a five-day trial concluded a day early as witnesses have been questioned extra shortly than anticipated, Deputy Clerk of Court and Bailiff Farrah Looney mentioned Friday. Looney added that jury choice, a process that usually lasts a day, was accomplished early, and two witnesses took the stand the identical day.

Arellano, who had been held within the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center in the course of the trial, was remanded again to the jail.

His sentencing is slated for Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. The district court docket ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to be carried out.

Court paperwork state that the crimes occurred between January 2019 and July 2020. Law enforcement first responded to studies of a sexual assault on Aug. 22. The complainant advised police that her child mentioned a pal was being raped by Arellano, an acquaintance of the sufferer.

The witness advised officers that the sufferer mentioned the assaults had been occurring for greater than a 12 months. The witness additionally advised officers the sufferer stored a journal of all of the sexual contact and confirmed the witness intercourse toys that Arellano used.

Authorities later situated the sufferer’s journal, which confirmed 5 dates and occasions the abuse occurred, and the intercourse toys the sufferer had described to the witness.

The sufferer advised police that the abuse had been occurring for a number of years and that Arellano had filmed the abuse at the least as soon as on his cellphone.

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