An 19-year-old who has been out on supervision for almost all of the past year since being charged with raping multiple underage girls and exploiting them for nude photos is back in custody.
On Friday, a pair of Missoula judges set stacking bail amounts for Justin Robert Wieder, who is now held on an overall bail of $400,000 after new charges were filed. Those charges accuse him of again meeting up with one of the girls and recording sexual contact after repeated orders not to have contact of any kind.
Wieder has been out on supervision for almost all of the last year, except for two occasions where his release was revoked because he was contacting the girls. In September, he was arrested on those allegations and eventually posted a $20,000 bond. He was released before being arrested again in December under similar circumstances. In that instance, District Court Judge Karen Townsend eventually released him back to pretrial supervision.
In an affidavit filed this week, prosecutor Jennifer Clark charged Wieder with a new count of felony sexual abuse of children for his alleged contact with one of the girls in December, as well as for allegedly seeing her again in June. Included in the affidavit are allegations that Wieder recorded himself and the girl. She later told a detective she and Wieder had contact in June.
On Friday, District Court Judge Robert “Dusty” Deschamps set a $200,000 bail for the alleged violations of release conditions from Wieder’s two existing felony cases. That afternoon, Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway stacked a consecutive $200,000 bail on him for his new felony charge.
Last June, Wieder was charged with sexual intercourse without consent for allegedly raping an underage girl. He was placed on pretrial supervision after posting a small bond.
In early August, two more sexual intercourse charges and two felonies for sexual abuse of children were filed against Wieder, related to behavior that allegedly occurred in 2015. Those charges came after a detective with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report from the principal at Frenchtown Junior High who, according to court documents, said two girls at the school, ages 12 and 13, said Wieder solicited nude photos from them.
Wieder was also charged with allegedly telling the girls that he had sex with a friend of theirs, and would tell people unless they sent him photos. One of the girls eventually sent the photos, court documents said.
The girls’ friend, a 13-year-old girl, told investigators Wieder wouldn’t let her go home during a trip earlier in 2015, and had raped her. Investigators also found another 15-year-old girl who they believe Wieder raped and received nude photos from.