Stevi man facing felony charges

By David Erickson

A Stevensville man is facing felony charges after allegedly having sexual intercourse with two underage girls.

Justin Anthony Doran, 19, appeared before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Robin Clute on Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent.

According to the affidavit filed in the case by Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright, on Jan. 22 a 14-year-old girl was admitted to Marcus Daly Emergency Department for a self-inflicted injury and a possible suicide attempt. During her treatment at the hospital, the girl disclosed to medical staff and Ravalli County sheriff’s deputies that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 19-year-old male within the previous month.

On Jan. 29, a forensic interview was conducted with the girl at Emma’s House in Hamilton. The girl disclosed that Doran was aware of her age, and that he had also had engaged in sex with her 13-year-old friend.

In Montana, the legal age of consent is 16, and the offender must be more than four years older than the victim.

During an interview at Emma’s House with the second girl, she revealed that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with Doran after the Creamery Picnic in Stevensville last summer. The girl reported that she told Doran that she was “almost 14” and did not want to have sex, but that Doran acted as if he did not care and told her to “go with it” and that the girl should be his girlfriend.

When Ravalli County sheriff’s detective Matt Cashell interviewed Doran, he waived his right to remain silent and allegedly admitted that he had engaged in intercourse with the first girl. Doran claimed that the girl had told him she was 17, but he had been warned by his cousin that the girl was underage.

Doran initially denied having sexual contact with the second girl, but later allegedly admitted to the facts provided by the second girl.

Doran’s bail was set at $50,000.

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