Missoula Man Charged With Rape After Child Found To Have STD [WATCH]
32 year-old Daniel Rasmussen was charged with sexual intercourse without consent after a five year-old child was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.
Police spokesman Travis Welsh said the initial call was received on Thursday morning.
"We received a call at about 8 o'clock Thursday morning from the Child Abuse Hotline that a five year-old girl was being treated at a local hospital for a sexually transmitted disease," Welsh said. "Detectives investigated and spoke to 33 year-old Daniel Rasmussen who was then arrested and charged with sexual intercourse without consent."
At Rasmussen's justice court appearance, Missoula Deputy County Attorney Brian Lowney asked Judge Marie Anderson for a high bond amount, due to the heinous nature of the offense.
"The state is asking for $150,000 bond," Lowney began. "The defendant is accused of sexually abusing a five year-old child, and he has admitted as much to detectives. We have obvious concerns that he is a danger to the community in that this would not have come up except for the fact that the child required medical attention. Otherwise, Mr. Rasmussen would not be appearing before you today in cuffs."
Judge Anderson set bail at $150,000, and ordered Rasmussen to appear again on November 13. He was remanded back to the Missoula County Jail.
Felony sexual intercourse without consent carries a possible maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.