By Tim Eberly
The Hill County Attorney's Office this week charged an 18-year-old Box Elder man with statutory rape of an adolescent girl in a Havre hotel on Friday, court documents said.
Clint Soosay was charged on Monday with sexual intercourse without consent after Havre police found him in a hotel room with an intoxicated 14-year-old Box Elder girl, according to a criminal complaint filed in District Court.
The girl told authorities she consented to having intercourse with Soosay, but according to Montana law, juveniles under the age of 16 cannot legally provide consent.
Soosay, who had his initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday, is being held in the Hill County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. His arraignment in District Court has not been set.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. Soosay could also be ordered to pay for the victim's medical and counseling bills stemming from the incident.
On Friday at 11:33 p.m., two Havre police officers responded to the TownHouse Inns after a hotel employee reported a noise complaint and requested assistance in removing a group of people, the complaint said.
When the officers arrived, they found Soosay and the girl in a hotel room. The girl was partially undressed and unconscious, the complaint said.
The girl was taken to Northern Montana Hospital, where hospital employees found evidence that sexual intercourse had occurred, the complaint said. According to documents, she registered a blood alcohol concentration exceeded 0.20 more than twice the legal limit of 0.10.
Soosay voluntarily provided DNA testing and samples of his hair at the hospital, Havre police Lt. George Tate said.
In an interview, the girl told police she went with Soosay from a local carnival to the hotel party, where she drank alcohol and willingly had sex with him, the complaint said.