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In Montana Trial, Child Sexual Assault Victim Referred To As A 'Temptress'

In a Montana sexual assault trial, the defense attorney for the accused called the child victim a 'temptress' according to the Missoulian.

In a Montana sexual assault trial, the defense attorney for the accused called the child victim a 'temptress' according to the Missoulian.

Over a prosecutor's repeated protests, a defense attorney suggested sexual assault victims could be "temptresses" during a sentencing hearing Monday for a man who assaulted a 13-year-old girl. "She looks and acts like she's 18 years old," attorney Lisa Kauffman told Missoula County District Court Judge Robert "Dusty" Deschamps. “You should see the pictures of her and the hair and the makeup.” The girl's assailant, Justin Griffith, 26, worked at the teenage addiction recovery center in Missoula where the girl was a patient.

The defense attorney again slammed the victim later in the proceeding.

Deschamps said he could envision a scenario where a sexually active teenager could seduce some older, inexperienced man, but said everything in Griffith’s file showed he had a significant number of sexual partners and didn’t think his situation lined up with what Kauffman was portraying. “He’s been around the block and he knows the score,” the judge said. “So was she,” Kauffman responded.

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