Helena child rapist sentenced to 110 years in prison

Nolan Lister

Robert Michael Arellano

Robert Michael Arellano of Helena was sentenced Tuesday morning to 110 years in Montana State Prison without the chance of parole for the first 20 years for sexually abusing a minor for a more than 18-month span.

Arellano was found guilty by a jury in December of six counts of sexual intercourse without consent, one count of sexual abuse of a child and one count of tampering with a witness.

“I heard the witnesses for Arellano,” District Judge Kathy Seeley said, referencing the defense’s character witnesses who attested to Arellano’s work ethic and productivity in the community. “But I also sat through the trial, and I would have convicted him on every count.”

The jury in the case deliberated for two hours before returning guilty verdicts on all eight charges.

Prosecutor Assistant Attorney General Melissa Broch requested a sentence totaling 260 years in prison, arguing such a sentence would “protect the public and protect (the victim), knowing he will never get out.”

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