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Bullen sentenced for sexual assault

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POLSON — A Polson man was sentenced at District Court in Polson on Jan. 5 to 19 years in the Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended on the amended charge of sexual assault. Isaac Fourbear Bullen, 22, was initially charged with the more serious crime of sexual intercourse without consent, but the charge was amended to sexual assault as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, on June 10 Polson police were paged out to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson on a report that staff was treating a possible rape victim. The victim was identified as a Jane Doe, age 13. She stated she was raped by Bullen in a red Dodge Durango. Doe’s mother stated that she found out her daughter was “chatting” with Bullen on a social media platform a few days prior to June 10. She also stated that she woke up about 3:30 a.m. on June 10 to find her daughter had left their home. The mom then went driving around to look for her daughter. When Jane Doe returned around 7 a.m., she told her mother she had been raped and that Bullen had gotten her “high and drunk.” Bullen allegedly told police that he had “snap chatted” with Jane Doe but that he never met her in person. Bullen also stated that he had purchased a six pack of alcoholic beverages and messaged Jane Doe prior to leaving his house at about 2:30 a.m. with the intent to meet up with Doe. He says she never showed up, so he left the alcohol behind some bushes near Linderman Elementary School. Bullen refused to provide a DNA sample. A search of the Dodge Durango turned up a box of condoms. Jane Doe’s grandmother contacted Polson Police and provided them with an Air Jordan hooded sweatshirt that Jane Doe claimed to belong to Bullen.

Officials at the Montana State Crime Lab were able to match Bullen’s DNA with DNA collected from Jane Doe.

District Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher gave Bullen credit for already having served 209 days in the Lake County jail.

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