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Not guilty pleas entered in alleged Butte rape cases
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Not guilty pleas entered in alleged Butte rape cases

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Two Butte men accused of rape in separate cases pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent charges Wednesday.

Jay Dee Davisson, 45, is accused of providing alcohol to a teenage girl and then having sex with her on Aug. 2. He told police he believed the teen was 20-years-old, but according to charging documents, she was still a juvenile.

He pleaded not guilty to the felony intercourse charge, which in this case carries a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison, and not guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He remained jailed after appearing before District Judge Robert Whelan.

In the other case, 30-year-old Dillon Patrick Pierce is accused of sexually assaulting an adult woman in her house in Butte on Dec. 5, 2019. He pleaded not guilty to the intercourse charge and faces a maximum of 20 years if convicted. He is free on bond.

Prosecutors say the teenage victim in the first case was walking with a friend after attending a house party when Davisson, who the friend knew, drove by.

They got in the car and according to the friend, Davisson and the victim started having sex. Davisson eventually dropped the friend off but the victim stayed with him, the friend said.

The alleged victim told police that Davisson got some whiskey and she got drunk on it, then later woke up in a room at the Red Lion Inn in Rocker without pants or underwear on but wearing someone else’s shirt. A woman took her to the hospital that day and police were called.

According to charging documents, “Davisson admitted to having sex with (the victim) but indicated that he thought she was 20 years old.”

In the other case, a woman told police she had several drinks at three separate bars on Dec. 5, 2019 and later woke up at her house with a man on top of her. She said she believed it was Pierce and she told him to stop.

In screen shots of text messages sent between Pierce and a friend of the alleged victim, he said he did not go to her house that night.

Police sent jeans, panties and a bedsheet from the house to the Montana State Crime Lab for DNA analysis and this past December, it hit on a DNA sample the state had on record for Pierce.

After his not guilty plea Wednesday, the judge set the next hearing for March 10.

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