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Downs pleads not guilty to endangering child and evidence tampering

Posted: 11/09/2017 18:05:00 -07:00 Updated:

Nicole Robinson Downs pleaded not guilty in Great Falls on Thursday to charges of tampering with evidence (felony), obstructing justice (felony), and endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor). Her trial has been scheduled for February 12th.

Police officers were called to a party at a residence on the 200 block of 19th Avenue NW at 4:19 a.m. on Saturday, October 7th, which reportedly involved juveniles and alcohol. Court documents allege that Downs, the owner of the home, knew of the party and was drinking with the juveniles.

According to court documents, some of the juveniles went upstairs at one point and told Downs and her boyfriend that an adult man at the party was having sex with a 14-year old girl (identified as Doe in court documents) in one of the downstairs bedrooms. The adult man was later identified as Khalil Cornel Stinson, who is 21 years old. Doe was reportedly "highly intoxicated."

Downs' boyfriend went downstairs and forced entry into the locked bedroom, where he saw Stinson having sex with Doe, according to charging documents, which state that Stinson was "chased out of the residence" at that point, and later arrested nearby.

The victim was taken to an emergency department, but told officers that she could not remember what happened. Court documents note that she was still intoxicated at the emergency department.

Two witnesses at the party told offices that they saw Stinson having sex with Doe, and heard sounds "consistent with sexual intercourse" within the room.

When he was interviewed, Stinson initially denied having sex with Doe, but eventually admitted that he did, and also admitted that he knew she was 14 years old, and knew that she was drunk.

Court documents note that Stinson has charges in Michigan for possession of cocaine, heroin, or another narcotic. Prosecutors requested that bond for Stinson be set at $50,000.

Downs, 37 years old, reportedly refused to let officers inside her home initially, stating that she hates cops and did not want to talk.

Court documents allege that Downs answered the door holding a Coors Light and told two officers, "I don't play games. I don't talk to cops," and then slammed the door.

Court documents note that Downs is not the guardian of the victim in this case.

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