HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A convicted sex offender is the first man charged with rape under a Montana Department of Justice initiative to analyze about 1,200 previously untested sexual assault evidence kits held by local law enforcement agencies, the DOJ said Thursday.

Allen William Miller, 41, of Great Falls, made an initial court appearance Wednesday. He is being held at the Cascade County jail on $150,000 bail. He has not entered a plea to the charge of sexual intercourse without consent and has not been assigned an attorney. His next court date has not been set.

The woman reported being raped outside her apartment building on April 19, 2015, court records said.

She underwent a sexual assault examination the next day. The exam kit, which typically contains swabs and other samples, was held in evidence by Great Falls police until 2018 when it was sent to a crime lab for testing.

Prosecutors say evidence in the rape kit matched Miller, whose DNA was in a national database following a 2005 sexual assault conviction in Fergus County.

 

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