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Tome found guilty of raping a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl

(GREAT FALLS) Richard Lee Tome has been found guilty of raping a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl.

Tome initially went on trial in April, but a mistrial was declared because the girl was unable to testify.

Following the verdict on Tuesday afternoon, Tome was ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation prior to sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.



(APRIL 10, 2018) A mistrial was declared in Tuesday morning in the trial of Richard Lee Tome.

He was accused of raping a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl. According to court documents, the girl told her mother that she had been raped by Tome. The girl told investigators that Tome showed her pornographic images on his phone, fondled her breasts, exposed his genitals, and then raped her.

When questioned by police, Tome denied sexually assaulting the teen and denied being sexually attracted to her.

The girl underwent a sexual assault exam at Benefis Health System, which revealed “vaginal lacerations, swelling and tenderness.”

The victim was unable to take the oath to be able to testify at the trial; as a result, the defense motioned for a mistrial and Judge Greg Pinski granted it.

The County Attorney plans on having a hearing to have the witness’ statements to a counselor submitted for a trial at a later date.



(NOVEMBER 2016) Richard Lee Tome has been charged after he allegedly raped a 13-year old developmentally-disabled girl in Great Falls.

According to court documents, the girl told her mother that she had been raped by Tome. The girl told investigators that Tome had showed her pornographic images on his phone, fondled her breasts, exposed his genitals, and then raped her.

When questioned by police, Tome denied sexually assaulting the teen and denied being sexually attracted to her.

The girl underwent a sexual assault exam at the Emergency Department of Benefis Health System, which revealed “vaginal lacerations, swelling and tenderness.”

Tome’s criminal history – which dates back to 1976 – includes several convictions for burglary, mistreating prisoners, assault, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, probation violations, and revocation of suspended sentences.

Tome is charged with one felony count of sexual intercourse without consent.

Prosecutors requested that bail for Tome be set at $100,000.

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