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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Assistant basketball coach charged with sexually abusing minor on Rocky Boy’s Reservation

GREAT FALLS—An assistant basketball coach at Stonechild College on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation appeared today on charges he sexually abused a minor, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Christopher Brown, 31, of Box Elder, was charged by a criminal complaint with sexual abuse of a minor. If convicted of the most serious crime, Brown faces a maximum 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. The case will be presented to a grand jury for an indictment.

The complaint is merely an accusation, and Brown is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston presided at the hearing and detained Brown pending further proceedings.

Court records filed by the prosecution accuse Brown of having sex with a minor girl multiple times from July 2018 to December 2019 on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. Brown worked an assistant basketball coach for Stonechild College and also tutored and helped with coaching basketball at Rocky Boy’s middle and high schools. Through his work as a coach and relationships with friends, Brown became acquainted with the victim.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Rocky Boy’s Police Department.

Pacer case reference. 20-04.

If the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system.

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court’s calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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Updated January 28, 2020