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Browning man charged with aggravated sexual abuse

John Thomas Azure of Browning has been charged
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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 13:40:03-05

John Thomas Azure of Browning was arraigned in federal court in Great Falls on Monday, December 23, on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse.

Court documents allege that on or about July 15, 2019, at or near Browning, Azure "knowingly engaged in a sexual act with Jane Doe, and at the time of the sexual act, Jane Doe was physically incapable of declining participation in, and communicating unwillingness to engage in, that sexual act."

Azure entered a plea of not guilty.

A trial for Azure has been scheduled for March 2.

If convicted of the most serious crime, Azure, 49 years old, faces a maximum of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

Azure was detained pending further proceedings. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Blackfeet Law Enforcement Service.