Montana

Jan 18, 2013 5:43 PM by MTN News

Van Delden facing sexual intercourse without consent, tampering with evidence charges

GREAT FALLS - Jenna Van Delden has been arrested for the second time in three days in connection with allegedly harboring a runaway teenager in her Great Falls home and is now facing more criminal charges.

The 13-year old male was reported as a runaway on September 17, 2012, and was found safe on Tuesday at Van Delden's home on Chowen Springs Loop in Great Falls; he was hiding underneath a bunk bed in a second floor bedroom of the residence.

Van Delden, 25, was arrested and charged at the time with custodial interference, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

On Thursday evening, Van Delden was arrested again and is now facing four charges of sexual intercourse without consent and one charge of tampering with evidence.

Court documents state that Van Delden and the teen have both admitted that they were involved in a sexual relationship, and Van Delden told an investigator that she "truly loved" the teen.

The court document states that after bonding out of jail for the initial charges, Van Delden went to the Juvenile Detention Center where the teen was being held in order to check on his well-being.

When she was told that she could not see him, she requested that she be allowed to have her wedding ring and a heart-shaped ring that she had given to the teen.

Prosecutors have requested that bond for Van Delden be set at $25,000.

She is scheduled to make a court appearance for the new charges on Friday afternoon.

We will update you as we learn more.

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