Felon from child sex assault case denies allegations, remains jailed on $5,000

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Chester Bagley

A man on probation for assaulting a developmentally disabled teen has denied multiple probation violations including drug use and getting kicked out of a sex offender treatment program,

Chester Allen Bagley, 47, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court last Thursday handcuffed and in jail clothing. He denied three probation violations including using methamphetamine, not living where he had told his probation officer he was and being kicked out of a sex offender treatment program due to alleged non-compliance issue.

According to court documents, Bagley has admitted to using meth and amphetamine “four days per week since April of 2019.”

Stillwater County Attorney requested bond be set at $50,000. Defense attorney Greg Paskell lobbied for a $5,000 bond amount and said Bagley had a place to live. Paskell also said that because the victim in the case no longer lived in Montana, Bagley did not pose any community risk.

Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde countered, telling Judge Matt Wald that the Montana Department of Corrections had denied Bagley’s planned living location.

Bond was set at $50,000. As of Wednesday, Sept. 25, Bagley remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Bagley was placed on probation less than one year ago, when he received a 5-year suspended sentence and was ordered to comply with 47 court-imposed conditions after pleading guilty to felony criminal endangerment. Bagley’s probation was also supposed to be transferred out of state.

He spent more than a year in jail before the case was resolved and was initially charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

At the sentencing hearing in 2018, then Judge Blair Jones noted that although Bagley had pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment, he was being sentenced “with considerations” as a sexual offender, with the agreement of Paskell and Rohde.

Bagley admitted to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy who was developmentally disabled. Rohde amended the charge due to what she said had been a “difficult case” due to the victim’s mental capacity.