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Billings man accused of molesting teen girl

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Hagel is charged with three counts of sexual assault (YCDF) Hagel is charged with three counts of sexual assault (YCDF)
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A Billings man has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl and sending lewd photos to the victim’s aunt.

Troy Tippetts Hagel, 46, was set to make his initial appearance Thursday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on three counts of sexual assault.

Hagel allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl for more than a year.

The girl disclosed the abuse to her mother, according to court documents.

Detectives interviewed the victim’s grandmother, who reported suspicions that Hagel was abusing the girl.

The grandmother reported that her other daughter, the victim’s aunt, told her Hagel had sent disturbing sexual images to her phone.

The images depicted Hagel with the victim's underwear, according to court documents. 

When the grandmother confronted Hagel, he allegedly repeated, “I’m sick.”

The victim's mother asked her about the abuse and she revealed Hagel had molested her on multiple occasions, according to court documents.

The aunt also reported that Hagel had asked her to show the victim photos of him in the nude, according to court documents.

The victim said Hagel forced her to touch him inappropriately and said he touched her in inappropriate ways.

Hagel was in custody Thursday.  

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