Shane Thomas Pelletier

Shane Thomas Pelletier

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A 29-year-old Missoula man has been arrested after prosecutors say he raped a woman he found passed out in downtown Missoula.

At the end of July, prosecutors filed a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent — Montana’s statute for rape — against Shane Pelletier, who was arrested Wednesday.

According to a court affidavit filed with the charge, a woman reported to Missoula Police in early July that she had been drinking with friends downtown one night, then could not remember anything until she woke up in an apartment to find Pelletier — whom she didn’t know — raping her.

The woman said after waking up during the assault, she passed out again, and woke up again hours later to find Pelletier still sexually assaulting her.

She told a detective she told Pelletier to stop, and tried to leave but found her clothing was wet and covered in vomit. Pelletier allegedly told her he found her passed out in a parking garage and brought her home.

The woman later identified Pelletier in a photo lineup.

Pelletier made his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Thursday, where Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set his bail at $100,000. Holloway allowed Pelletier to be screened for pretrial supervision but said if released he will be on GPS monitoring.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.