A high school football player in Montana charged with raping five teenage girls from 2016 to 2017 pleaded not guilty during a Tuesday hearing, and was released, according to reports.
In a hearing before District Court Judge Michael Moses at Yellowstone County Court, 17-year-old Brayden Jaymes Pond, was charged with five counts of sexual intercourse without consent, the Billings Gazette reports. Pond, a Billings High School student and former member of the football team, denied raping the girls, aged 14 to 17, and was released following the hearing.
Pond has been charged as an adult, and a hearing on Sept. 13 will determine whether or not to shift the case to juvenile court, the Billings Gazette reports.
Court documents detailed rape accusations against Pond, who used to attend Skyview High School and play on its football team, alleging that he raped a 14-year-old girl after procuring alcohol for her and her friends in February 2017. Pond allegedly said that he wouldn’t allow the teens to go home until “someone gave him oral sex,” KRTV reports.
The former football player also allegedly made another girl, this one 16, have sex with him inside his truck in the parking lot of Skyview High School. The teenager told law enforcement that she tried physically pushing him away to avoid the situation, but eventually blacked out, according to KRTV. Another 16-year-old victim also told police that Pond had his way with her while she was “blacking out,” according to the Billings Gazette.
An alleged 14-year-old victim of Pond’s claimed, too, that he raped her inside his truck—this time parked in a field, the Billings Gazette reports.
Pond is also alleged to have raped a 17-year-old girl during a house party, according to court documents. The girl said she didn’t know Pond, but he took her downstairs, locked the door, and raped her, according to KRTV.
Pond faces a minimum of two years in prison over three of the charges. As for the other two charges, they carry a minimum of four years behind bars due to the difference in age between the victims. Each charge, however, carries with it a possible life sentence.
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