38 year-old Wes Lee Whitaker is in the Missoula County Jail on $250,000 bond charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent, as well as being held on an extra jurisdictional warrant.

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Bryan Lowney asked Judge Holloway for the high bail because of Whitaker’s extensive criminal history of sexual abuse of children.

“He is a convicted sex offender for two child molestation cases out of Georgia in 2001, and subsequently was convicted of assault with a weapon in Lewis and Clark County in 2013, criminal endangerment and failure to register as a sex offender in Carbon County in 2011,” he said. “Those are all felony offenses.”

Lowney detailed the current charges against Whitaker.

“It is alleged that Mr. Whitaker sexually abused a three year-old child, akin to the sexual abuse that he subjected a child to in Georgia,” he said. “He has not been compliant with his probation through the life of his criminal cases as he was revoked in Georgia after five years on probation because he absconded while on probation and had to be arrested in Nevada.”

Judge Landee Holloway set bail at $250,000 and remanded Whitaker back to the Missoula County Jail. His next court appearance will be August 2.