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Nicholas James Dolson

Nicholas James Dolson

UPDATE: Nicholas James Dolson was found not guilty following a jury trial in June 2016.


Two men recently were arrested on warrants for alleged sexual assaults in Missoula.

In the first case, a 26-year-old Butte man was arrested on a warrant Monday for an alleged rape that occurred in Missoula in June.

Nicholas James Dolson was charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent during his initial appearance before Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech on Wednesday. He is being held at the Missoula County jail.

According to court records, on June 12, Missoula police responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred at the Sleepy Inn.

An adult female who made the report told officers that she met a man, later identified as Dolson, after he responded to her ad on Craigslist.

They agreed to meet for sexual intercourse. When he arrived, he told her to "get naked." She did and they engaged in consensual vaginal intercourse. He then allegedly forced her to have anal sex.

The victim stated that she told him to stop. Dolson allegedly refused, placed his hand on the back of her neck and continued to forcefully penetrate her.

The following day, Dolson texted the victim and stated, "I had it planned out (expletive) u for a few min and slam it in ur (expletive) and walk away."

Detectives interviewed Dolson, who admitted meeting the victim online and meeting her for sex. He stated that he asked if he could "do anything else," and she said she didn't care. He admitted that it must have hurt her because she tensed up and told him to stop.

Dolson also stated that when he meets up with women for sex, he usually does the same thing. He allegedly told police that "nine out of 10" aren't into it.

Dolson was arrested at the Butte probation and parole office at 3 p.m. Monday.

Dolson stabbed himself in the neck with a pencil while he was filling out paperwork in a holding cell in Butte's jail shortly after being taken into custody for the alleged rape, according to Butte-Silverbow County Undersheriff George Skuletich.

He was found conscious and lying on the floor near a pool of blood, Skuletich said. Apparently, Dolson had been left alone for a short period of time.

Dolson was transported to a hospital, where he received stitches for a minor injury. The pencil did not hit the carotid arteries in his neck. 

Dolson was transported to Missoula on Tuesday and is being held on $100,000 bail.

During his court appearance Wednesday, he told the judge he had recently lost his job.

According to prosecutors, Dolson was on felony probation at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

Dolson's next court appearance is Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.


In other court news, a Missoula man who apparently jumped bail was re-arrested for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in March.

Thomas Henry Johnson, 47, was arrested on a warrant Sept. 23. 

According to court records, on March 11, a Missoula woman reported that she was sexually assaulted by Johnson. She stated that he was an acquaintance, and she had gone to his room to speak to him.

Suddenly, Johnson allegedly grabbed her, flipped her onto his bed and tried to rape her.

She struggled, but Johnson allegedly told her to "be a good girl and take it like you're supposed to." After the assault, she tried to pretend everything was normal.

She reported the alleged assault to her ex-husband, who told police that the victim was shaking and crying. At First Step the next day, examiners found bruising on her buttocks, arms, hips and back.

Other witnesses who were at the scene did not cooperate with detectives. Johnson denied the assault occurred.

Three other women have reported they were raped by Johnson, according to Missoula County assistant chief criminal attorney Suzy Boylan. Johnson's bail was set at $150,000 and his case is in the process of being moved to Missoula County District Court.


Kathleen J. Bryan of the Montana Standard contributed to this report.

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