A 29-year-old Helena man was sentenced to eight years in the Montana State Prison for raping a developmentally disabled woman with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old.
Christopher Candy Casiano was sentenced to 20 years with 12 of those suspended last week in Helena District Court after entering a guilty plea to the charges that he raped a person unable to consent to sexual intercourse.
The Independent Record previously reported that officials began investigating the case after the 21-year-old woman went to the hospital to be examined after a reported sexual assault. The incident occurred in January at a residence on Phillips Road where both Casiano and the victim lived.
The victim told investigators she informed Casiano she didn't want to have sex with him and told him "no." Court documents say Casiano told her not to tell anyone what happened.
Casiano acknowledged he knew the woman is developmentally disabled and unable to give consent to sexual intercourse, according to the documents. He also admitted to having sex with her.
Casiano is now designated a Level II sex offender.
Per a judgment that includes more than 40 conditions, Casiano is required to complete a mental health evaluation and go through sexual offender treatment.
The judgment’s long list of conditions also prohibits Casiano from having any pornography without prior approval from his therapist, gambling, accessing cloud data storage services or having a cellphone without prior approval of his probation officer. He must also submit to annual polygraph testing.
According to court documents, this is the second time Casiano has taken advantage of someone who was unable to consent to sexual intercourse.