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Victor man charged with raping two women

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A 21-year-old Victor man was charged Friday with six felonies for the alleged rape by gunpoint of two women.

Joshua Lee Casterline appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on felony counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, intimidation and assault with a weapon.

Casterline was arrested on Nov. 25 after two women contacted the Ravalli County sheriff’s office to report that they had allegedly been assaulted by Casterline on the evening of Nov. 23.

The charging affidavit said the 19 and 17-year-old women told a deputy that Casterline had driven the two from Hamilton to his home in Victor. While at the residence, the women said the three consumed alcohol.

The affidavit said at one point in the evening, Casterline allegedly forced the 19-year-old woman into a bedroom, pointed what she believed to be a semi-automatic pistol at her and had sexual intercourse with her despite her telling him no.

The 17-year-old female later told the other woman Casterline had done the same thing to her, the affidavit said.

The deputy didn’t interview the younger female due to her age, but she told him she had been raped by Casterline, the affidavit said.

After the women left Casterline’s home, he allegedly called the older woman and said, “If you guys go the cops, I’ll kill both of you.”

The women were transported to Missoula for a forensic examination by First Step.

Ravalli County Sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant at Casterline’s home on Bear Creek Trail and found a black bb/pellet pistol that resembled a semi-automatic handgun and multiple articles of bloodstained bedding.

Ray set bond for Casterline at $50,000. He will be required to wear a GPS device and be under pre-trial supervision if released from detention.

Casterline is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful transactions with minors for providing alcohol to the underage women. 

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