Missoula Weekly Crime Report: Three Sex Crimes Against Children
The Missoula County Attorney’s Office filed 13 new felony complaints last week, which is five less than the previous and right around the weekly average. On Friday’s Talk Back show, County Attorney Kirsten Pabst provided her report and began with cases involving person-to-person violence.
“One of those involved interpersonal violence,” began Pabst. “We charged six counts of a violation of an order of protection and as well as burglary. In that case, the allegation is the defendant contacted and entered the apartment of a person with a permanent order of protection. In the non-family violent category, two cases involved clients at the Poverello Center with some fairly serious threats involving weapons.”
A troubling part of Pabst’s report involves sexual crimes against children.
“We charged three sexual type cases,” she said. “One was sexual abuse of children. In that case, there was an undercover officer posing as a child online. I can't emphasize enough for parents to monitor their children's activity online because there are people out there that are taking advantage of the anonymity of online contact. We also charged a sexual assault involving a minor. In that case, the allegation is the man was at the fair and allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old child. And then finally we charged a case that involved ongoing molestation of a child.”
Pabst then turned to the felony endangerment offenses.
“In the endangerment category, there was a felony DUI, fourth or subsequent offense,” she said. “In that case, the defendant allegedly hit a parked semi-trailer. Then there was a case involving a young woman who was charged with negligent endangerment, aggravated DUI, and possessing an intoxicating substance while under 21. In that case, she was displaying some poor driving behavior at 4:30 in the morning, allegedly with five juvenile passengers in the vehicle. She had a very high BAC as well, and several passengers were not wearing seat belts.”
Pabst wrapped up the report with a look at thefts in Missoula County.
“In the theft category, we charged one new case involving a stolen bike,” she said. “There were three new drug cases, two involving meth and one involving fentanyl, and last but not least, a fugitive from justice with a warrant out of the state of Texas.”
You can listen to Pabst's full report below.