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A Helena man who was accused of repeatedly having sexual contact with a girl under age 16 has been found guilty of one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual intercourse without consent. 

A Helena jury deliberated for seven hours before presenting the verdict late Friday night in John Wesley Buchanan's five-day trial in Lewis and Clark County District Court.

The jury found Buchanan not guilty of two additional counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The victim told interviewers Buchanan first began interacting with her in a sexual way when she was in middle school. Charging documents allege the offenses occurred between, on or about Jan. 1, 2012 and Sept. 25. 2017.

A conviction for sexual assault carries a punishment of up to life in prison and fine of up to $50,000. A conviction of sexual intercourse without consent carries a punishment of up to 100 years and fine of up to $50,000.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 21.

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