Juvenile sex offender in trouble again

Youth Court

An 18-year-old boy with a history of sexual assaults appeared in district court last week, handcuffed and shackled, and denied violating the terms of his probation.

The boy turned 18 last month and has been in the Youth Court system for approximately five years. Prosecutors alleged he is in violation of his probation because he has been kicked out of sex offender treatment, and had a “fairly violent altercation” with a family member, said Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde.

The hearing also served as a formal transfer of the case from Youth Court to district court, as was part of the boy’s original sentence. He will now be under the supervision of district court until he is 25 years old.

And lastly, Rohde is requesting the boy be required to register as a sex offender. When sentenced as a 13-year-old, he was not required to do so.

He is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility with bail set at $80,000.

The boy is not being named in this article because he was a juvenile when the original crime was committed.

HISTORY

In 2013, at age 13, the boy was sent to live in an intensive group home where he could receive sexual offender treatment after admitting to three sex assaults involving two other children  — one felony count of sexual intercourse without consent, one felony count of sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault.

One victim was a young developmentally disabled teenager and the other was a 6-year-old child.

Approximately two years later, the boy was brought back to Youth Court after getting kicked out of school, as well as kicked out of a treatment program, due to what was called “behavior detrimental” to the other residents of the group home. At that time, the boy was sent to the Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility in Miles City — the state’s only long-term state operated facility for male juveniles ages 10 through 17.

The Stillwater County Attorney’s Office, the Youth Probation officer and the boy’s treatment team had staged an intervention prior to the Pine Hills placement, in hopes of avoiding having to place him at that facility.

Also at that time, the boy was designated as a Level 2 sex offender, which means he is at a moderate risk to reoffend. Youth Court Judge Blair Jones also ruled that the boy did not have to register as a sexual offender unless sex or violent crimes are committed in the future.