A man who admitted he raped a developmentally disabled girl he abducted from her home in Sheridan, Montana was sentenced to federal prison on Thursday.
Rodney Zahn, 60, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Missoula to 10 years in federal prison.
Zahn pleaded guilty in January to the charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He admitted to detectives that he raped the 16-year-old girl twice on their trip to Casper, Wyo. in July of 2016.
The girl's family told authorities that Zahn had befriended them while staying a camper near their home. The girl was previously diagnosed with an intellectual disability and functions at the level of a 10 to 12-year-old girl, according to her family.
A statewide Amber Alert was issued after the girl’s family realized she had gone missing in the middle of the night. Zahn and the girl were located the next day in Wyoming.
Zahn, who is a transient with ties to Billings, admitted to investigators that he had sexual contact with the girl and also admitted he knew she was only 16. The girl underwent a sexual assault exam which yielded evidence that Zahn had raped her, according to court documents.
It’s unclear which prison Zahn will be sent to.