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Former Butte Band Teacher Enters Sex Assault Plea

Prosecutors say he provided alcohol to students in early March and sexually assaulted one girl

HAMILTON — A 27-year-old former Butte high school band teacher has entered a plea on charges that he sexually assaulted a student and provided alcohol to other students.

Scott L. Yorke entered an Alford plea on the sexual assault charge in Ravalli County District Court in Hamilton on Wednesday. Under the Alford plea, he does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Yorke remains free on $100,000 bond. He’s set to be sentenced April 6.

Yorke was a Butte Central High School band director when prosecutors say he provided alcohol to students in early March during a basketball tournament and sexually assaulted one girl.

Under the plea agreement with prosecutors he would be sentenced to 20 years at the Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended.