A 57-year-old Lolo man who allegedly claimed that a 6-year-old girl came on to him appeared Thursday in Missoula County Justice Court on charges that he forced sex on the child twice.
Justice of the Peace John Odlin set bail at $200,000 for Danny Wayne Johnston.
Johnston was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in September, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Shawn Thomas.
The girl’s mother reported to Missoula County sheriff’s deputies that the child had acted strange after spending the night away from home, according to Thomas’ affidavit. The girl initially didn’t want to talk about what had happened because, she told her mother, she was afraid her mother would be mad at her and Johnston would get in trouble, the affidavit stated.
Eventually, she told both her mother and interviewers at the First Step program for victims of sexual assault that Johnston had put his tongue in her mouth and made her perform oral sex on him twice, it said.
When interviewed by a sheriff’s detective, Johnston said the girl had French-kissed him and grabbed his crotch, the affidavit said.
“Johnston claimed he had exercised bad judgment for continuing to be alone with (the girl) as her sexually aggressive behavior continued and for neglecting to tell anyone about (her) behavior until he was confronted with her allegations,” it said.
County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said in court Thursday that authorities found several firearms in Johnston’s home, a violation of his conditions in an earlier case involving driving under the influence.
“He made statements he was not going to be taken easily in this particular case, which led law enforcement to believe he was intent on some kind of shootout or something of that nature,” Van Valkenburg said.
Sexual intercourse without consent is punishable by between two years and 100 years or life in prison, and a $50,000 fine.