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.
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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.