- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A state judge in Great Falls declared “this stinks” before handing down a probationary sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/1HlP1IG ) District Judge Dirk Sandefur sentenced 51-year-old Chris Anthony Bear on Monday to 15 years under the supervision of the Department of Corrections with all the time suspended.

Bear pleaded guilty in February to sexual assault as part of a deal that called for the dismissal of a charge of sexual intercourse without consent, along with a witness tampering charge. Court records say the family sought the plea deal to spare the child from having to testify.

Bear must enroll in the Department of Corrections’ intensive supervision program and pay restitution for the girl’s therapy until she is 18.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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