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Tribal officer charged with sexual assault

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 13 2013 10:35:55 AM MDT
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GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

A Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services officer has denied federal charges filed after a woman said he forced her to have sex with him in his patrol vehicle to avoid going to jail.
    
56-year-old Michael Connelly Sr. is charged with sexual abuse, deprivation of rights under color of law and giving a false statement to a federal officer.
    
Connelly was indicted on May 1 and arraigned on June 6 in Great Falls. He was appointed a federal public defender.
    
Prosecutors say the alleged offense happened in September 2012 in or near Browning.