DEER LODGE — The trial for a Deer Lodge businessman accused of felony burglary, sexual assault and sexual intercourse without consent started Monday morning in Deer Lodge district court.
Bruce Arnold Anderson, 65, owner of Deer Lodge Asphalt, pleaded not guilty in June 2016 to the charges made by "Jane Doe Two."
Powell County Attorney Lewis Smith presented an opening statement shortly after 2 p.m. during which he outlined the prosecution’s case. The alleged victim and her co-workers presented testimony.
On Aug. 20, 2015, the 56-year-old woman said she was introduced to Anderson by a co-worker and her husband during a social at their home where she drank three glasses of wine. Anderson invited her to take a motorbike ride. She was reluctant because she had to work the next morning, but finally agreed to do so. He followed her as she took her car home; then they went to his house so he could get a jacket for the ride.
As they left his house and were walking toward the motorcycle, Anderson tackled her on the front lawn, she said.
“It surprised me,” she said. “He had me down with my hands above my head and he was on top of me. It shocked me; I think he was testing me. I told him to stop, he got off me and we laughed.” They rode to the Gem Bar, eight miles south of Deer Lodge, where he had a beer and she had a glass of wine and walked around looking at the pictures on the walls. As they returned to Deer Lodge at about 11 p.m. it seemed to her they were traveling fast and she was afraid a deer might jump in front of them.
“I don’t remember getting home or anything shortly after we left the bar,” she said.
The woman admitted that her memory of what happened throughout the night is fragmented between bits of being aware and blacking out.
She remembers being sick and vomiting, of Anderson knocking on her door and her telling him to go away because she was sick, but admitted not having eaten anything during the evening.
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“The next thing I remember was seeing him crawl through my window. My dog was barking. I could not talk and couldn’t do anything. He was a silhouette, but I recognized him,” she said.
Later she remembers the top of her head hitting the headboard and knew he was doing something, but could not see anything and could not move. Wakening at 4 a.m. she was surprised to see he was in her bed, she said. At 6:15 a.m. she awoke and Anderson was getting dressed saying he had to go to work.
After he left, she recalled trying to get up, but her body felt like 1,000 pounds and that she was extremely sore internally and through the entire pelvic area, unlike any pain she had ever experienced.
“I didn’t have a headache and was not nauseated, but I couldn’t collect my thoughts and couldn’t move, so I went to bed and slept until 10 when I went out to lie on the couch,” she said.
The woman told her friend, a neighbor, when she came home for lunch, what had happened, but did not report the incident to the police. She said she was embarrassed, and later thought about it but said it was too late for there to be evidence.
Tearfully, she said she was a happy person but now is seeing a counselor to deal with anger issues. Afraid for her safety, she secured her windows so they won’t fully open, put a metal bar across each screen to prevent removal, altered her screen door to prevent someone getting in, rearranged all the furniture in her home, and carries a gun.
A seven-woman, five-man jury was seated Monday, with Judge Ray Dayton presiding. The defense opted not to present an opening statement.
The trial continues Tuesday at 9 a.m.