Clinton Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kalispell Rape

Jacob McLaverty allegedly assaulted a Kalispell woman last July

By Justin Franz

A Clinton man pleaded not guilty in Flathead County District Court to raping a Kalispell woman last summer.

Jacob McLaverty is charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent stemming from a July 29, 2013 incident in Kalispell. According to court documents, the alleged assault occurred at the woman’s house.

A month after the alleged rape, according to a Missoulian story, McLaverty was charged with felony aggravated assault and five misdemeanors following an alcohol-fueled confrontation with his ex-girlfriend at his mother’s home in Clinton, east of Missoula. According to news reports, McLaverty, then 20 years old, dragged the victim out of bed and down a hallway. When she tried to get away in a car, McLaverty reportedly struck her and began pulling wires from under the dash, saying “you’re not going anywhere.” Eventually the victim was able to get away and call police.

If convicted of sexual intercourse without consent, McLaverty could face 100 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.

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