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Helena man charged with raping a minor

Jeffery Lane Jacobs

Jeffery Lane Jacobs

An 18-year-old Helena man was arrested on suspicion of raping a minor. 

Jeffery Lane Jacobs has been charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent, authorities said. 

On Friday, law enforcement responded to Last Chance Gulch to speak with a female about an alleged rape. Helena Police Department officers were at a nearby residence, investigating an unrelated crime, when they were informed of a rape that had allegedly occurred earlier that month in another location, according to court documents. 

The 15-year-old victim told law enforcement that she had become friends with the defendant on Snapchat earlier this month. Court documents state they developed a friendship and due to the defendant's homelessness, they had arranged for him to stay with the victim and her mother for a few nights. 

On July 18, the defendant allegedly entered the victim's bedroom, got into her bed and touched her sexually. The victim told deputies that she "froze" and eventually removed the defendant's hand and told him to get out of her bedroom. Court documents state the defendant complied and left the residence. 

The defendant, who agreed to speak to deputies without an attorney present, told the same story regarding the sexual touching but was adamant that the victim had allowed him to perform these actions. The victim said that was not true.

The defendant has no prior convictions for sexual intercourse without consent. He was being held Friday at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center on $40,000 bond. 

All charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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