GREAT FALLS — A former eastern Montana undersheriff has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of children for soliciting sexually explicit images from a 17-year-old girl.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Luke Strommen entered his plea Tuesday in District Court in Great Falls. Prosecutors are recommending a 10-year suspended prison sentence when he is sentenced in January.
Strommen was placed on administrative leave from the Valley County sheriff's office in June 2018 while officials investigated a report he'd had a yearlong relationship with a 17-year-old girl. She was old enough to consent to sex but it is illegal to receive sexually explicit images of anyone under 18. He resigned in November 2018.
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He faces trial next March for sexual intercourse without consent after a girl reported he raped her about 50 times from 2009 to 2011, starting when she was 14. He has pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com