Matthew Paul Loves Him Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on December 2, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MATTHEW PAUL LOVES HIM, a 30-year-old resident of Poplar, pled guilty to sexual abuse. Sentencing is set for March 8, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On December 13, 2007, in Poplar, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, a female hereafter referred to as "AB" had passed out from drinking. When she awoke, LOVES HIM was on top of her performing a sexual act. AB threw him off her and then hit and scratched him. Both were undressed from the waist down. When AB passed out, she had been fully clothed.
AB immediately left the scene, walked to a neighbor's house, and called the police. AB consented to a sexual assault exam which confirmed rape and the presence of semen in her vaginal cavity. The exam also found tearing consistent with rape.
Law enforcement interviewed LOVES HIM on the same day. LOVES HIM admitted that he had sex with AB while she was passed out. He admitted to raping AB. He said that he should have known what he was doing was wrong. LOVES HIM acknowledged that AB hit and scratched him because she did not want to have sex with him. He said he should go to jail. He concluded the interview with the statement, "I did it and I'm guilty."
LOVES HIM faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division, the Poplar Police Department and the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.