Missoula Man Charged With Sexual Assault Involving a Minor
47-year-old Harrison Tsosie is currently being held at the Missoula County Detention Center for a handful of felony charges. Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.
“This case has been evolving over a period of time,” Arnold said. “A report was made regarding Tsosie sexually assaulting a juvenile. On a later date, Tsosie was witnessed harassing the same juvenile on a bike.”
On July 24, 2022, the juvenile reported that Tsosie accosted her while she was riding her bike in the area. A witness called 911 and reported that Tsosie “tried to stop her and grabbed her on her bike and told her to go back to her house.” The witness called the juvenile’s mother, who called 911. Tsosie was contacted and denied harassing and following the juvenile. Tsosie was told by officers not to have contact with the juvenile.
“Later in the month, the mother of the juvenile reported to police that Tsosie was on her front porch yelling into a cell phone and making comments about not touching a kid,” Arnold said. “Tsosie was seen recording from outside the residence through the juvenile's room on a cellular device. Officers responded to an additional call for service where it was reported Tsosie was outside banging on the doors and windows. The juvenile reported a hand came through the window in what appeared to be an attempt to take out the AC unit.”
According to court documents, the juvenile and her mother were both fearful that it was Tsosie coming to harm them.
“Tsosie was found hiding in the grass near the residence,” Arnold said. “When Tsosie was taken into custody, pursuant to arrest, Tsosie’s cellphone and digital items were seized. Under a search warrant, child pornography was depicted on Tsosie’s devices. This case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Department Detective Division.”
In an interview under Miranda, Tsosie denied much of the wrongdoing, including saying he found the items with child pornography in a parking lot and had kept them but did not know what they were.
Tsosie is currently being charged with five felony offenses including sexual assault involving a minor, sexual abuse of children, stalking, burglary, and tampering with witnesses and informants.
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