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Man charged with rape, burglary was also stabbing victim

POLSON – A 44-year old Polson man with a lengthy criminal history is facing charges of rape and aggravated burglary. 

Vaughn David James allegedly entered a Polson residence on Sept. 17, 2016, and had sexual intercourse with a woman who said she woke up to find him on top of her. 

James’ bond was set at $250,000 and he was required to wear a GPS-monitoring device upon release. His trial, scheduled for May 22, has been postponed three times. 

James is also charged with failure to register as a violent offender after he failed to update his address after he was evicted from a home, a court document states. 

In an unrelated case, James was allegedly stabbed by Kasey Pier of Polson on July 22, 2016, outside the downtown Conoco gas station. Pier faces a charge of assault with a weapon in that case. James was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital for several stab wounds, according to a court document. Pier pleaded not guilty on April 20 and has a jury trial scheduled for Aug. 21. He was later charged with failure to appear, and was released on his own recognizance on April 20. 

Lengthy criminal history: In a Missoula County case, James received two 10-year concurrent sentences in 1991 for two counts of accountability to robbery. The court record in that case said he has had a lengthy criminal history since age 9. 

In a Lake County case, James was sentenced to 30 years in the Montana State Prison with seven years suspended in January 1992 for three counts of theft, two counts of burglary and one count each of robbery and conspiracy.  

James was also sentenced to 30 years in the Montana State Prison with 22 years suspended in February 2009 by Judge Kim Christopher for criminal endangerment after he was convicted of driving at speeds up to 100 mph on Montana 35. He also received a six-month sentence for partner family member assault, a misdemeanor. 

As of Friday, James had been in jail for 222 days. 

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