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Assistant basketball coach on Rocky Boy's Reservation charged with raping minor

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Posted at 9:52 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 00:50:51-05

An assistant basketball coach at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy's Reservation is facing charges of raping an underage girl he met while coaching local youths.

Christopher Brown of Box Elder, 31, appeared in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a news release.

Court records filed by prosecutors accuse Brown of sexually abusing a minor girl six times from July 2018 through December 2019 on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. The girl was between the ages of 12 and 16 at the time.

Brown tutored and helped with coaching basketball at Rocky Boy’s middle and high schools. Through his work as a coach and relationships with friends, Brown became acquainted with the victim, according to Alme.

Prosecutors stated in court documents that the first alleged incident occurred in Brown's car after he picked her up from her home and parked by Rocky Boy High School. The alleged rape happened in the back seat of his car, prosecutors said.

Brown used a cell phone to video the last alleged encounter, prosecutors stated.

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If convicted, Brown faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release. The case will be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston presided at the hearing and detained Brown pending further proceedings. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Rocky Boy’s Police Department