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Man Gets 75 Years in Prison for Agent Assault

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Man Gets 75 Years in Prison for Agent Assault

A Great Falls, Mont., man was sentenced to 75 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a real estate agent last spring while he posed as a buyer as the agent showed him a home. 

Bradley Joseph Crisman apologized for his crime prior to the sentencing. 

"I don't know what was going through my head that day when I did it,” Crisman told the court. “I not only hurt you, but I hurt me. I hurt everybody."

The judge, calling the crime a "heinous and terrifying event," passed down one of the strictest sentences, saying the evidence overwhelmingly showed Crisman’s crime was premeditated. Prosecutors showed during the trial that Crisman had profiled six female real estate agents in the area and had posed as a home buyer in several incidences before assaulting one agent a few months later. 

The real estate agent, who was not identified since it was a sexual assault case, testified during the trial, recounting what she thought was just a typical home showing. But then she told the court that Crisman’s demeanor suddenly changed as they were about to leave the home.

"He put his hand over my mouth really hard and I felt something on my neck," the woman told the court. The woman said she felt a knife against her neck as Crisman forced her into the home’s empty basement and tied her up with zip ties. 

Crisman eventually released her after the real estate agent told him that the home’s owner would be returning any minute. Before releasing her, Crisman reportedly deleted all of the caller history from the agent’s cell phone. However, he missed one call — the call that eventually led investigators straight to arresting him. 

Source: “Man gets 75 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault Against Real Estate Agent,” Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, Mont.) (April 11, 2012)

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