- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a 22-year-old Montana man to 40 years in prison for raping a girl.

Montana District Judge John Kutzman followed the prosecution’s recommendation Friday and sentenced Robert Mitchell to 60 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/2qMlUcu) the female victim was 8 or 9 and Mitchell was 14 when the abuse began. Prosecutors say the rapes happened over several years in Great Falls, Box Elder and the Rocky Boy’s Agency.

An investigation began in 2015 when the victim and her parents talked to a school counselor.

The girl’s father told police the girl was too frightened to tell anyone about the rapes for years. A jury found Mitchell guilty of rape last fall.

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


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