(UPDATE, NOVEMBER 27, 2019) Timothy and Tina were released from the Cascade County Detention Center within days of being arrested.
We have repeatedly asked for updates from the County Attorney and the Great Falls Police Department about the status of the criminal charges and the investigation, but have not yet received a reply or any new information.
(1st REPORT, NOVEMBER 7, 2019) Timothy Allen Braaten and Tina Michelle Braaten have been charged in Great Falls in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of a man.
Court documents state that in November 2019, a man (identified as "John Doe") reported to police that he had been kidnapped in 2015 by the Braatens and raped by Timothy, and that Tina had filmed the rape.
The victim told police that he had been hit on the head outside of his house in Great Falls, and he woke up in a red Pontiac, and was then taken to the Braaten's residence. He said that the Braatens zip-tied him to a chair and threatened to "take his manhood" if he didn't sign over custody of his child to the Braaten's daughter, who had once been married to Doe, but was not the child's biological mother.
In September 2019, the victim was in a store in Great Falls and Timothy walked up to him and slapped him on the buttocks in what the court documents called a "show of dominance and aggression," and asked Doe how he was doing.
The charging documents say that Doe then "relapsed," and told his child that the relapse was due to memories of the rape after running into Timothy at the store. His daughter said that she knew about the incident because the Braatens had shown her the video.
The daughter was later interviewed by police and said that Tina and Tina's daughter had shown her the video shortly after the divorce in 2015. The daughter said that she could only watch about five seconds of the video before she had to quit watching, and she told police that Tina told her not to tell anyone about the video.
Timothy has been charged with aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, and aggravated kidnapping. Tina has been charged with accountability to aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, and accountability to aggravated kidnapping.
According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Timothy has felony convictions in Cascade County, Flathead County, and Powell County for burglary, theft, robbery, and escape.
According to the Cascade County Detention Center roster, they are being held on $500,000 bond each.