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Montana teenager admits charges in serial rape case

December 20, 2019 GMT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana high school student accused of raping five teenage girls has pleaded guilty.

The Billings Gazette reports 18-year-old Brayden Pond struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of rape. He acknowledged raping two 14-year-old girls, and prosecutors agreed to drop charges accusing him of raping two 16-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl.

Prosecutors say Pond raped one of the 14-year-old girls after helping her get alcohol and that he told her “with a raised voice she had to give him sex” while the two were in a car in a parking lot.

According to charging documents, Pond asked the second 14-year-old girl multiple times for sex while the two were in his pickup, and he raped her after she refused.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

Pond attended both Skyview and Billings Senior high schools before he was removed and educated in an alternative placement by the district. He was charged as an adult at age 17.