Already convicted rapist draws 20-year prison term

By: 
Marlo Pronovos
Stillwater County News Editor

An already convicted rapist admitted last week to trying to have sex with two young Stillwater County girls.

Jordan Coleman, 22, pleaded guilty last Friday in 22nd Judicial District Court to amended charges of two counts of attempted sexual intercourse without consent. He had initially been charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse of children, or in the alternative, two felony counts of attempted sexual abuse of children. 

The victims were 13 and 14 at the time.

Judge Blair Jones followed a recommended sentencing agreement between the prosecution and defense, imposing a 30-year sentence in a state prison, with 10 years suspended. 

Coleman also must complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Montana State Prison’s sexual offender treatment program before he is eligible for parole, and was also was designated a Level 2 offender, meaning he is at moderate risk to reoffend.

In addition, once that 20 year-commitment is done, Coleman will remain on probation for an additional 30 years — putting him under the state’s supervision for a total of 50 years. That will make him 70-years-old when he is no longer on probation.

The 20-year sentence will run concurrently to a 20-year sentence Coleman began serving in 2015 for two counts of rape in Yellowstone County.

He now stands convicted of four felony sex crimes.

In passing the sentence, Jones said it holds Coleman accountable for his conduct and provides for community protection through his removal from society and then lengthy probation.

 

The case

According to court documents, it was during the investigation of the Yellowstone County case that law enforcement found text messages on Coleman’s phone sent to a teenage girl in Stillwater County, seeking to trade sex for marijuana.

The text messages to the girl spanned a four-day period and dozens of messages back and forth. Coleman showed up at the juvenile’s house at 1:30 a.m. one morning after exchanging text messages about sexual acts and drugs, but left because other people were present, according to court documents. Later Coleman told the girl he was disappointed that it had not been just the two of them at her house and that “he felt like he had been tricked,” according to court documents. At that time, the juvenile was 14 and Coleman was 18. 

The girl’s parents told investigators that Coleman had been to their house on at least three occasions. They also said their 13-year-old daughter had received text messages from Coleman.

The older girl confirmed to investigators that she had been sexually active with Coleman and that there had been text messages exchanged about swapping sex acts for marijuana, according to court documents. She also said that Coleman had been text messaging her younger sister continuously “stating that he was in love with her,” according to court documents.

The younger sister told investigators that Coleman had asked her to sneak out of her house and stay the night with him and had also told her he loved her. Several messages were of a sexual nature, but no sexual contact had ever occurred, according to court documents. The girls’ mother found sexually explicit messages from Coleman to her younger daughter on a phone and a tablet, as well as 44 pages of social media messages, according to court documents.

 

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