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DEER LODGE — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty in Deer Lodge district court recently to a reduced charge of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in a plea agreement that reduced the charge from sexual intercourse without consent.

Frank Hiltz was given a six-year deferred sentence with 44 conditions he must abide by while under the supervision of Adult Probation and Parole Bureau. He must complete a sex offender treatment program; pay a fine of $500, court costs of $110, and up to $25,000 for counseling bills the victim might require at any point in time; and must register as a sex offender. Failure to comply with the conditions of his probation could result in four to 100 years or life in prison.

In other recent court proceedings:

• Alexander Decaro, 28, pleaded guilty to vehicular assault for running over a woman’s foot and leg in a parking lot and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. According to court records, the incident occurred shortly after midnight on July 26, 2015, in the alley behind the Montana Bar.

For vehicle assault, Decaro was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 98 days served suspended and fined $1,000. He was ordered to pay $26,478 ($14,508 restitution for the victim’s medical bills and $11,969 to the Montana Criminal Victim Compensation Fund). On the DUI count, he was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended, and fined $3,500. He also must pay $140 court fees.

During his probation period, he will be under supervision of the Adult Probation and Parole Bureau with conditions set by the court, including getting a chemical dependency evaluation at his own expense and following the recommendations. He was given credit for time served against the fines, and the sentences will run concurrently.

• Ronald J. Goodsell, 36, has a long criminal record of sexual crimes and failed to register as a sexual/violent offender within three days of coming to Powell County. He was sentenced to five years with Department of Corrections, concurrent with sentences he is serving from Missoula and Flathead counties for the same offense. He was given credit for 83 days served in jail and ordered to pay $80 court fees.

• Sunshine Marie Cameron, 35, previously pleaded guilty to felony burglary for entering a residence and committing theft on June 30, 2016. She was sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections with an emphasis on drug treatment and fined $500; the sentence will run concurrent with one she is serving in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.

• Cory Henry Atkins, 18, pleaded not guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, fourth offense, and driving with a revoked license. He was arrested at 3:20 a.m. on April 13 after he drove into the Town Pump parking lot; his blood alcohol level was .202. Atkins is free on $5,000 bond with conditions, including the 24/7 program pending further court proceedings.

• Grant Marshall Kopp pleaded not guilty to felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, methadone; fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs; and misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs, marijuana. He is free on his own recognizance with conditions pending further court proceedings

• Beau Daniel Ferris, 37, pleaded not guilty to two counts of partner/family member assault, third offense and third or greater. He is free on $10,000 bond with conditions pending his next court appearance.

• Randolph Gerald Wall, 64, pleaded guilty to DUI, fifth offense. He was arrested April 5, 2016, after he had an accident at mile marker 12 on U.S. Hwy 12. The Montana Highway Patrol trooper smelled alcohol, and Wall admitted he had been drinking; his blood alcohol level was .137. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

• Ralph Edward Hodge, 63, of Helena pleaded not guilty to operating a non-commercial vehicle with a BAC of .08 or greater, fourth offense; felony and misdemeanor charges of operating a motorcycle without an endorsement; and displaying a license plate registered to another vehicle. Court records show he crashed his motorcycle on MacDonald Pass and suffered serious injuries that included a nearly severed arm. He was flown to Great Falls by helicopter for treatment where a blood test revealed his BAC was .116 two hours after the accident. Hodge is free on $5,000 bond with conditions, including a 24/7 program, pending his next court appearance.

• Terry Joseph Jette, 51, of Deer Lodge pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on his own recognizance with conditions.

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