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Assistant basketball coach on Rocky Boy's Reservation charged with raping minor

Posted at 7:01 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 10:08:06-05

Christopher Brown of Box Elder, an assistant basketball coach at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, appeared in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday on charges he that raped a minor.

U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a news release that Brown, 31 years old, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

Court records filed by prosecutors accuse Brown of having sex with a minor girl six times from July 2018 through December 2019 on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. The girl was between the ages of 12 and 16 at the time.

Court documents state:

  • BROWN picked up Jane Doe from her home in his car. They drove around for a little while before parking the car by Rocky Boy High School. Jane Doe asked BROWN if he wanted to have sex. He said, “Not really.” He felt it would not have been good because of their age difference. BROWN recalled Jane Doe was 12 years old at that time and he was 29 or 30. They began kissing and eventually engaged in vaginal sex on the back seat of the car. That was the first of six times BROWN and Jane Doe had sex with each other.
  • BROWN took a one year break from having sex with Jane Doe because he did not like the situation and knew it was wrong. He was paranoid because he knew what he was doing was illegal. The burden of knowing what he did was “hard to live with and something [he] thought about consistently.”
  • During the sixth and final sexual encounter between BROWN and Jane Doe...BROWN used his cell phone to produce a video of this sexual encounter. He did not share the video with anybody.

Brown worked an assistant basketball coach for at the college and also tutored and helped with coaching basketball at Rocky Boy’s middle and high schools. Through his work as a coach and relationships with friends, Brown became acquainted with the victim.

If convicted, Brown faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release. The case will be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston presided at the hearing and detained Brown pending further proceedings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Rocky Boy’s Police Department.

According to Montana Code 45-5-501 , consent to sexual intercourse can not be given by people who are:

  • (i) mentally disordered or incapacitated;
  • (ii) physically helpless;
  • (iii) overcome by deception, coercion, or surprise;
  • (iv) less than 16 years old;

We will update you if we get more information.

NOTE: The information above is from court documents and/or publicly-available information filed in the case, and do not necessarily provide all of the information relevant to the case. Defendants are considered legally innocent until proven guilty in court.