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Man charged with sexual assault of a teenager found dead in his home

7-20-2007 Montana:

The man charged Wednesday in connection with sexually assaulting a teenager about 10 years ago was found dead in his home Thursday morning, the result of an apparent suicide, authorities said.

John Michael Towey, 55, was discovered dead in his Buxton Road home, Butte-Silver Bow Justice Bob Lee confirmed Thursday. Information on how the suicide occurred was not available.

Towey faced felony charges of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault, according to charging documents out of Butte justice court. Towey was accused of having sexual contact on several occasions with the teenager between June 1994 and September 1996, when the alleged victim was between 14 and 16 years old.

Lee said the case will remain on file, but no further charges or legal action will be taken now that the defendant is dead.

Towey was arrested in connection with this charge on Tuesday, but was freed later that day after posting $50,000 bond.

Sheriff John Walsh said police responded to an “unattended death” on Buxton Road early Thursday. He didn’t identify the victim, adding that the case was under investigation.

The alleged victim in the sexual assault-related charges, who is now 26, contacted police in June, according to court papers. Police conducted a search at Towey’s home on Tuesday, and Towey was later arrested. ..more.. by Reporter John Grant Emeigh may be reached via e-mail at or by telephone, 496-5511.

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