Posted: Feb 9, 2011 8:37 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Feb 9, 2011 8:38 AM
BOZEMAN - A second man accused of raping 14-year-old girl at a Bozeman home while she was intoxicated has pleaded guilty.
Shane Joseph Romero appeared before District Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to rape and unlawful transaction with a minor for giving the girl alcohol. The 21-year-old faces up to 100 years in prison when he is sentenced March 22 for the June 11, 2009, rape.
Romero's co-defendant, 22-year-old Chaz Russell Fregien, pleaded guilty in October to rape and sexual assault. He was supposed to be sentenced Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed until next month.
Prosecutors say Fregien and Romero had sex with the girl several times, videotaping the crime at Fregien's home.
Fregien said during his plea hearing that the three had been drinking and the girl "couldn't consent because she was too drunk." At that hearing, he also pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old girl last spring after being released from jail on reduced bond. She also was too intoxicated to consent.
Fregien faces up to life in prison.
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