Oregon Man Charged With Raping Missoula Teenager [DOCUMENT]
A 19 year-old Oregon man, Andrew Knutson, appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Friday, charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
According to court documents, Knutson allegedly had sex with an underage girl on May 18 at her 15th birthday party. The girl was examined at First Step and told counselors about the sexual encounter. A detective interviewed Knutson who eventually admitted have sex with the victim. The affidavit also states that an investigation into other charges is underway involving another underage victim.
Deputy County Attorney Selene Koepke asked Judge Karen Orzech for Knutson to be held on $50,000 bail.
"In this case, the defendant admitted to raping the victim and to knowing she was only 15, and that $50,000 is a reasonable amount of bail," Koepke said. "Due to the fact that the defendant is a possible flight risk, the state has information that he was about to leave for Oregon. The defendant was also showing up at the victim's school and was essentially stalking her. Should the defendant bond out, we ask that he have no contact with the victim or her family, and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18."
The public defender at the jail told the judge that Knutson was mildly autistic and would be able to stay in the area at his uncle's home in Corvallis, if he is released.
Judge Orzech set bail at $50,000. Knutson's next court appearance will be June 26. She told Knutson he could not under any circumstances return to Oregon until this matter had been resolved.