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Grimshaw charged with rape; bail requested at $100K

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Philip Bryson Grimshaw has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent in Great Falls. Philip Bryson Grimshaw has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent in Great Falls.
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Philip Bryson Grimshaw has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent in Great Falls.

On November 21st, police officers were called to the emergency department at Benefis Health System for a report of a woman who claimed she had been raped.

Officers learned that on November 11th, Grimshaw invited the woman - identified as "Jane Doe" in court documents - to his home for a party, where several others were drinking alcohol. Both Grimshaw and Doe also were drinking.

At some point, Grimshaw reportedly became upset and punched a picture frame, cutting his hand. Doe was able to calm him down and agreed to drive him around, and they went to Doe's residence. Doe offered to let Grimshaw sleep on the couch, and she went to sleep in her bedroom.

Later that night, the woman woke up to find that Grimshaw had removed her pants and underwear, and he was raping her.

She immediately told him to stop, court records state, but Grimshaw allegedly continued the sexual assault. 

At one point during the attack, Grimshaw reportedly strangled the woman until she blacked out. When she regained consciousness, Grimshaw was attempting to force her to perform oral sex, court documents state. The woman was able to prevent it and went to the living room and passed out.

Court documents allege that when Doe woke up later, Grimshaw was still there, and he apologized to her.

He also sent her a text message which read: "I'm sorry about last night. I love you darling. I know you probably never want to talk to me after what happened."

The woman told authorities that she had never had a sexual relationship with Grimshaw, and had considered him to be like a brother.

When interviewed by police, Grimshaw admitted forcing Doe to have intercourse with him, even though he knew that she did not want to. He said that he believed his actions constituted rape, and that he was sorry. He also said that Doe's version of what happened "would be the most accurate."

Prosecutors requested that bond for Grimshaw be set at $100,000.

"Sexual intercourse without consent" is the legal term for rape in Montana, according to Montana Code (source).

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