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Billings man accused of raping girl he met online in baseball dugout

Posted at 3:36 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 17:36:12-04

BILLINGS — A Billings man was charged Thursday with raping a teenage girl he met online in a baseball dugout.

Jacob Eastman, 21, is charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The victim disclosed abuse to her mother and teacher in January of 2017, after she first reported feeling suicidal.

The girl said she had been raped the previous summer when she was 13 years old.

She identified Eastman as her rapist.

The victim told investigators she met Eastman on Facebook, where she told him she was about to start 8th grade.

The girl said she had been “flattered” by the contact and thought they were dating, according to court documents.

The first time the girl met with Eastman, he took her to the baseball field by Rimrock Mall and allegedly assaulted her with his hands.

The girl was uncomfortable so she told Eastman she had to go to her grandma’s house.

They girl later met with Eastman at the Walmart in the Heights and they walked to the Bitterroot Baseball Complex.

Eastman allegedly raped the girl in the dugout, according to court documents.

The girl said she told Eastman “no” repeatedly but he wouldn’t stop.

The victim said she was in pain for two weeks after the assault but didn’t realize the encounter was wrong until she watched a movie that depicted a girl being raped.

After the assault, Eastman reportedly told the girl he was cheating on her.

The victim eventually told her mother and teacher that she was suicidal, which led to her disclosing the assault.

When interviewed by investigators, Eastman initially denied knowing the victim.

Eastman then admitted he knew the girl but said he never went further than touching her thigh.

He described having sex with another woman in the dugout but denied it was the victim, according to court documents.

Eastman is being held at the Yellowstone County jail.