Two Yellowstone County residents charged with child sex abuse

Two Yellowstone County residents, one of whom was arrested Thursday on a $500,000 warrant, are facing multiple counts of child sex abuse following an investigation on the part of Yellowstone and Lewis and Clark County law enforcement.

Emily Elizabeth Hale, 34, was charged in Yellowstone County District Court with multiple counts of child rape July 26, 2023. 

Image courtesy of the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

Emily Elizabeth Hale, 34, has been charged with three counts of child rape and an alternative charge of attempted child rape. A second suspect, a 51-year-old man, is facing similar charges along with one count of incest. The Billings Gazette is not identifying the second suspect in the interest of protecting the identity of the alleged victim.

County prosecutors are alleging Hale and the second suspect sexually abused a girl at a residence in Ballantine several times when the girl was less than 12 years old. The charges came after the girl disclosed the abuse to her mother.

In August 2022, court documents said, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a sexual

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