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Man charged in Great Falls with sexually assaulting a child

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 16:29:30-05

Floyd James Elkins has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl in Great Falls.

Court documents state that police were called to investigate Elkins in November 2019 after a woman claimed she had seen him with his hand inside the underwear of a three-year old girl. A sexual assault examination was conducted on the girl, and "no obvious signs" of sexual abuse were found.

A forensic interview was not conducted with the child at the time because the child had not made any disclosures of sexual assault. Family members agreed to prevent any further unsupervised contact between the child and Elkins, according to court documents, and the investigation was then closed.

In February 2020, another person reported seeing Elkins with his hand inside the same child’s underwear; the person told police that when Elkins saw him, he "ripped his hand from inside of the victim's underwear" so fast that the elastic snapped, according to court documents.

Statements made by the child indicated that Elkins had touched her inappropriately, and the child reportedly used a stuffed animal to show police where she had been touched, and said that it happened more than once.

According to court documents, Elkins has been suspected of sexual abuse of young children in the past.

Elkins faces one felony charge of sexual assault of a child; as of March 6, he remains jailed in the Cascade County Detention Center on $75,000 bail.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Elkins' criminal history includes convictions in Cascade County for forgery, criminal endangerment, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. The agency also notes that Elkins was on probation at the time of this arrest.