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Additional rape charges filed against former Montana undersheriff

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 18:56:53-05
Luke Strommen. Valley County booking photo.

On Dec. 26, the Montana Department of Justice amended charges against former Valley County Undersheriff Luke Strommen by adding a charge for felony sexual intercourse without consent, according to the Glasgow Courier.

Amended court documents state the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was contacted in November 2018 regarding an additional victim of sexual offense alleged to have been committed by Strommen.

The victim indicated her first sexual contact with Strommen was in a hotel room in Great Falls when she was 14.

The victim stated the sexual relationship progressed and lasted until she moved from the area two years later. She also told investigators that Strommen had intercourse with her over 50 times, with most of the encounters occurring in Strommen’s sheriff’s office patrol vehicle.

As a result of the additional charges, Strommen is to have no contact with any person under the age of 18 and avoid places where children congregate including schools, parks and playgrounds. He also cannot access the Internet on a computer or smartphone and have no contact with witnesses, among others.

The Glasgow Courier reports that after Strommen’s first court appearance on Oct. 16, he was released on conditions including he could not be at a public forum where children were present without the accompaniment of his wife or another adult. He was also able to use the Internet on a family device as long as the device he was using was available to law enforcement for viewing.

Strommen has already been charged with the offense of sexual abuse of a child, a felony, as a result of allegations of improprieties of a sexual nature with a 17-year-old victim four years ago. Strommen pleaded not guilty to that charge in District Court on Oct. 16.

He is set to appear in District Court on Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. to answer to the additional charges.