Tribal officer charged with sexual assault
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.