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Montana man sentenced to prison for raping teen

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Parker Harrison Smith of Vaughn was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in the Montana State prison for having sex with an under-age girl (Photos: Joe Huisinga-KRTV) Parker Harrison Smith of Vaughn was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in the Montana State prison for having sex with an under-age girl (Photos: Joe Huisinga-KRTV)
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Parker Harrison Smith of Vaughn was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in the Montana State prison for having sex with an underage girl.

Smith, 29, was sentenced for one count of sexual intercourse without consent.

Parker had sex with a 13-year-old girl after meeting her through Facebook and lying about his age.

According to court documents, Smith posed as "20-year-old John Smith" and arranged to meet with the girl.

In May 2014, Smith picked the girl up in his truck and made sexual advances before she told him to stop.

Smith then drove to another location where he parked and had sex with her.

During Thursday's sentencing, the judge heard from the girl's father who testified that his family had been forced to move to Oregon to get better therapy for his daughter.

The girl's father asked Judge Dirk Sandefur to impose the maximum penalty of 100 years in prison, saying that his daughter had already received a life sentence because of Smith's actions.

Smith's attorney, Ken Olson, asked for a probationary sentence where Smith would see no jail time.

Smith read a letter written to the victim's father detailing his mental state at the time of the incident. In the letter, Smith detailed an abusive relationship and divorce from his wife, his struggles with PTSD after serving in Iraq, and the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

During sentencing, Sandefur said despite those contributing factors, Smith knew what he was doing and knew that it was wrong.

Smith was designated a Level 1 sex offender and must complete sex offender treatment while in prison. He was also ordered to pay $9,524 to cover travel expenses for the family to attend court proceedings.

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