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An 18-year-old Butte man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge alleging he had sex with an underage girl at a residence last month.

Trey Daniel Bennett told police he and the 15-year-old girl had sex regularly, but she said he forced himself on her twice on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 and the second time, blocked her bedroom door for a time and refused to let her leave.

Regardless, prosecutors say, the girl was too young to consent to sex so they charged Bennett with sexual intercourse without consent. In this case, it carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and fine up to $50,000.

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Bennett is free on bond and after accepting the not-guilty plea, District Judge Robert Whelan set the next hearing for Dec. 11.

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The girl says Bennett pinned her down and had sex with her one night even though she repeatedly told him no. He forced himself on her the second night, she said, but she was able to fight him off after a short time. He wouldn’t let her leave but she says she got out when he went to put his clothes on and first contacted a friend.

The girl was examined at St. James Healthcare and underwent a forensic interview at the Child Evaluation Center in Butte.

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