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Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 2:00 am

A 22-year-old Flathead County man cried and trembled as he was sentenced to 20 years in Montana State Prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

District Judge Ted Lympus ordered a 40-year sentence for Cody Fletcher but suspended 20 years and dictated that he must spend 10 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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          • outforfun posted at 7:43 am on Sat, Mar 19, 2011.

            outforfun Posts: 9

            What the bunch of crap 20 Years out in ten to do it again !!! The 5-year-old girl will live with this for life.
            He should of got CASTRATION!

          • Haystack posted at 5:06 pm on Wed, Mar 16, 2011.

            Haystack Posts: 64

            I am really suprised that this guy got off so d--- easy. I have always believed that any one who sexually molests a child or deals in drugs should be given life in prison, nothing less. "Semper Vigilantis!!"

          • flebow posted at 9:54 am on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

            flebow Posts: 6

            This case is a great argument and reason in favor of capital puniahmweent - execution
            Just as if he never lived as an aberration toi humanity
            He should be put down
            In the interim we have to pay taxes to feed this lowlife scumbag This crime and 16 DUI's
            Why is he alive?

          • mtmomto5 posted at 3:32 pm on Wed, Mar 9, 2011.

            mtmomto5 Posts: 6

            The guy should have his pecker cut off. And should be put in the prison population and everyone there should know what he did and let the inmates take care of him they do not look kindly on child molesters. He should be shot by a firing squad or hung by the neck until dead.

          • Mrs Smith posted at 10:00 am on Wed, Mar 9, 2011.

            Mrs Smith Posts: 1

            This Makes me so Sad and frustrated. I think a child molester should get life! the sad thing is they usually serve half there time and get out and do it again. it is just sick and wrong. I lived in Idaho when those 2 children went missing and there family was brutality beating and killed , Duncan was a repeat offender and look what he did to those kids. He was in and out of jail for molesting and there are probably so many other victims out there who do not speak out. If he would have got life the first time around this would have never happened. I think there are too many slap on the wrists going on. Cody is sick and drinking or not you know right from wrong and he should be in prison for the rest of his life. when he gets out who's to say he won't do it again. With all this said I guess what it comes down to 10 years is a joke! AlwaysMontana I have friends at my house for BBQs and drinks is that a party....nope Don't be stupid. Lots of people have social gatherings at there home that is so UN-fair and uncalled for to take a blow at the parents like that this is not there fault there is no one to blame Cody!

            to The mother and father of the little girl I am thinking of you, don't beat yourself up on what should of could of happened. you did not know that it was going to happen but it did keep your heads up this to shall pass. Just be strong for that little girl of yours!

          • thisisstupid posted at 1:24 am on Wed, Mar 9, 2011.

            thisisstupid Posts: 1

            i would sure like to know who this ALWAYSMONTANA is???????? where do you get off sayin theres partying goin on?????? a party???? what the he!!?? there were three people there. is that a party? is it partying to have a few couples get togeather that are extemely close friends, that between them have a bussload of kids that have all grown up togeather? do you not have friends that you injoy spending time with? sad. yes he does deserver more than 10 years in prisson. the only reason a plee agreement was reached was because I wasnt going to ever alow a passibility of my little girl having to testify about what happend, and i was told that if it went to a jury that was a possibility. not ok! and the ONLY reason he didnt leave in a bag was because I couldnt imagin my little girl having to spend the rest of that night without me. there isnt a day goes by i dont question that decision. or hate myself a little bit for it. i do however have faith in our prisson system that he WILL get just what he deserves. i always have and always will love that family and am thankfull for that decision for there sake. i do not consider him apart of that family anymore and am verry sorry they have to share his last name and have to feel the shame he has brought it. as far a the statmen his father made in court, i am discusted with it. realize what your son is! as far as how his mother may feel i cannot hold that against her. no matter what, that is still her son, regardless of how much of a pos he is. a love of a mother is something only a mother can understand. and she will always have a place in my heart regardless of how she may feel about me. so thank you everyone for you comments but lets just let this pass and everyone get on with there lives. EXCEPT this alwaysmontana person! if you know the situation so well then you must know me. so lets get togeather and well have ourselves a little talk about it.

          • anothermom posted at 10:01 am on Sun, Mar 6, 2011.

            anothermom Posts: 3

            I unfortunately spoke with my foot in my mouth, I went and looked at the level of sex offender, 1 is the lowest, they think this kid will not re-offend. The judge is out of his flippin mind! That's all I have left to say about this. I believe that what the mom of the daugther had say will help her child in the long run. Resentment is what kills, letting herself and her family heal will set them free!

          • livingit posted at 10:09 pm on Sat, Mar 5, 2011.

            livingit Posts: 1

            we all have our own opinions, this is honesty. However, want to mention a book to read: Sins of the Father. Real valley stories who are still living it, it cannot be erased, EVER. I agree that if I would have witnessed the crime against my daughter..no prison time would have been served...only a funeral.
            The perp that offended my family was out in 5years, he was sentenced to 10 ...only had to serve 1/2 of sentence !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now we are all living in prison as we were sentenced to life.

          • micmren posted at 3:51 am on Sat, Mar 5, 2011.

            micmren Posts: 182

            bondiet838-- Your words were wonderful. I can't imagine having the ability to sympathize with his family as you do. I have a daughter, and I hate to imagine what your family went through. I commend you for your strenmth and your ability to forgive. I will pray for your family as well as his.
            Please, if you haven't already, get therapy for your daughter, for you, for your whole family. It can be so helpful (as a victim, I know). God bless you and your family.

          • Strider posted at 9:21 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            Strider Posts: 433

            I thought about this. If it was a stranger assaulting my daughter in her room, he would be removed by the coroner. If he was a family friend who betrayed my trust, he would be removed by EMTs. I know, it's a weakness I have. I have also been there. My pointing of a rifle at the perp disturbed my little left-wing wife so much she couldn't help herself & fell in the arms of another man.

          • blondiet838 posted at 8:30 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            blondiet838 Posts: 3

            This is the mother of the victim speaking.....First of all I want to thank all of you for your concerns and comments. Where as I might not agree with all of them, each person has the right to their own opinions and thoughts on the matter. This in no way had been easy on our family, but it also hasn't been easy on his family either. Keep in mind everyone that his family has and in my mind will always be family friends. So tred lightly on the words you choose to say. No we can never forget the pain and the hurt that this has caused, but absolutely no one else is to blame other than him. My heart hurts for his mother and his father and ALL the rest of his family too. This has not been easy on anyone, I hope we can all remember that. In our minds nothing can take back what was done to our little girl and there is no justice justice enough. But no one can blame us for that either. I have been sitting here for over a half an hour trying to leave this dam comment. It's just so hard to to find the right words to say. When right now there are no right words, cuz there was nothing RIght about any of it. So I will leave it with a God Bless to everyone, and if there is anything anyone can do its just say a prayer for both our familys. Thank You!!!

          • anothermom posted at 8:06 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            anothermom Posts: 3

            Level 1 sex offender, yeah I will be surprised if he gets out in ten, this means they do not think he can be rehabilitated. Thanks to his parents, probably not. Gee Steel you call yourself a DAD, really? Where were you when he got raped or molested, were you there to help him get the counseling he needed, how the love? What about when he was beating the crap out of his mother, did you think that was his way of working through this? And what about his mother, why did she not get the help he needed, she whinned about him beating her up and say horrible things to her. Oh, and let's not forget his sister/cousin, he did this to her girls, she refuses to get the help for her girls, yeah her girls, she would rather protect her brother/cousin that her own children. Wow what a family!

          • anothermom posted at 8:00 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            anothermom Posts: 3

            So alwaysmontana, do you really think that Cody should have walked out with probation? get real! Cody's life as he knew it, is over! maybe a good thing because it sounds like it was not so great, but then it was probably over before it started, having the sad sick parents he got!

          • godbless posted at 7:29 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            godbless Posts: 2

            you know the blame needs to stay where the blame belongs. it doesnt matter what kind of parents this little girl may or may not have. it doesnt matter what kind of people they are or are not. it doesnt matter if they were having a party or not. what cody did is only on him no one else is to blame. if he was going to do it he would of done it no matter what kind of parents she had or what ever was going on. the blame needs to stay with the person that did it. and everyone needs to stop pointing the figure at someone else. he will get what is coming to him in prison and ya he should of got life cause that little girl got life... I pray for her she is going to need it. i know i was that age and i am 43 and i remember it like it was yesterday. mominkalispell please make sure she gets the help she needs and if she grows to forget it. the dr's say let it be. i dont know if i agree with that i had forgot about it for a few years but when it came back it was much harder to live with. just take care of that little girl. give her what she needs. and the mom she will need you. it will be hard to ever let the little girl out of her sight. godbless.. tell that family they are in my prayers even though i will never know who they are.. but god knows

          • mominkalispell posted at 6:44 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            mominkalispell Posts: 4

            In fact, I do. And I will stand behind them til the day I die. And your right, everyone getting mad wont fix it but when you say that "it is all so wrong" about his conviction, no, YOU are all wrong. And the love I have for this family makes me defend them against anybody.

          • alwaysmontana posted at 1:01 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            alwaysmontana Posts: 5

            How do you know. do you know the parents? No Child should to go thru this and yes he is ALL TO BLAME. Nobody else. Not the parents not the child just the person that does this sick sick thing. Everyone getting mad on this comment page is not going to fix any thing.

          • mominkalispell posted at 12:44 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            mominkalispell Posts: 4

            No, I wasnt at the party because THERE WASNT ONE!!!! You can try to pawn this off as neglect on the parents part but it doesnt matter because the end result is the same and now everybody can see Cody for what he really is

          • alwaysmontana posted at 12:34 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            alwaysmontana Posts: 5

            Nothing is right about this whole thing. Yes, he is so, so so lucky that he is still here to get sentanced. Nobody is responsible for your actions, you are responsible for your own actions. God bless the every child that this has happened to. ITs sad.

          • alwaysmontana posted at 12:20 pm on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            alwaysmontana Posts: 5

            i do have the facts. And no i wasn't at the party WERE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • mominkalispell posted at 11:54 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            mominkalispell Posts: 4

            I dont care what anyone says, Cody Fletcher deserves to be in jail until that little girl is an adult. He has no idea what kind of pain he has caused that family. For "alwaysmontana" to say that "it is all so wrong" what the heck is the matter with you???? Are you delusional??? how can you say that it is all so wrong for a grown man who took advantage of a 5 year old girl to be put in prison??? I think its 100% fair and just. He deserves more than that. And as far as there being a "party" at the parents house, were you there?? Dont you think that CPS would have taken the kids if they thought there had been any neglect of the kids?? What about the fact that her dad asked the sheriffs officer to breathalize him so he could prove he hadnt been drinking. Maybe you should get the facts straight and stop running your mouth when you dont have all the facts.

          • alwaysmontana posted at 11:34 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            alwaysmontana Posts: 5

            I was at the hearing and the guy in front of him did worse then Cody did and he walked out of the court house with 8 years of probation............ and and and what do you have to say about THAT!!!!! it is all so wrong.

          • alwaysmontana posted at 11:31 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            alwaysmontana Posts: 5

            Maybe the parents of the child should of stop having parties in the house.

          • 888111 posted at 11:06 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            888111 Posts: 541

            the father doesn't think he needs to go to prison, they should of never suspended 10,no accountability,the father of the kid needs to go to warm springs,he'll be out soon and mark my words he'll be back, if i had caught him he'd be disemboweled ,i love it sobbing what a piece of sh**, so's the father for that matter,don't like the comment to bad

          • mtmudslinger posted at 10:21 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            mtmudslinger Posts: 12

            I was thinking the same thing russ. The girl's dad caught him and he is still alive? What the hell is he crying over?!?! 10 years, he should be spending life in prison.

          • Jeffak posted at 10:20 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            Jeffak Posts: 104

            With his alcohol related convictions dating back into his juvenile history it's obvious his father didn't see fit to get him suitable treatment when he had the opportunity to do so. It doesn't surprise me a bit that his father still doesn't see the wrong in his sons behavior.
            I'd like to see irresponsible parents such as these be prosecuted equally for the heinous felony crimes of their juvenile children.

          • SuzyQC posted at 10:17 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            SuzyQC Posts: 9

            The Father of that little girl is a better person than I will ever be. I'm afraid if I caught someone doing that to my 5 year old child 'he' wouldn't have been able to walk out of that room.

            Alcohol or Not, I will never understand what makes ANYONE do that to a helpless child. I'm sure he is a Tormented Soul, He must be, but ten years in Prison.... that is NOTHING compared to the 'change' he has brought in that girl and her Families Lives.

            And his Father ....... Ten years is unnecessary? He's lucky his son is even Alive and still has ALL of his body parts.

          • mom posted at 10:17 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            mom Posts: 629

            Lucky guy, he's gonna have lots of fun. He gets to be butt buddies with Mordja and Scott and Thorne and Franks and Lindberg and all the other great guys we miss.... ha.

          • russ25 posted at 10:04 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            russ25 Posts: 195

            He is very lucky thats all he got. Hopefully he will get some jail house justice. If I had been that young girls father and had caught him there would have been no need for a trial . what a sick bas**** .

          • flyfish posted at 9:34 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            flyfish Posts: 203

            Why ever let him out of prison. If he ever released he will just do it again if he has the opportunity. Pedophiles need to have a prison just for them, put them in and never let them out.

          • Rowdy posted at 8:35 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            Rowdy Posts: 9

            kalispelldude i couldnt agree more, what a waste of life and oxygen. I hope he gets his in prison. "16 alcohol-related convistions" 16!!!!! He obviously DOESN'T learn from his mistakes. Wonder what his dad says about that. I think this guy got off easy and it makes me sick.

          • Partyer posted at 8:32 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            I can't really judge Cody Fletcher because all I know about him is what's reported here, that he has extremely serious alcohol issues that have not been treatable after about sixteen tries. And that he's a sick pervert.
            What more are we supposed to do for this piece of crap?
            Bennett, you're insane to think he deserves nothing but more useless "treatment."
            Nice work, Lori.
            This is the kind of crime that I wish carried even harsher punishment. Suspending half of it makes us about half as worried about getting caught raping little girls, right, Lympus? I think you screwed up again.

          • kalispelldude posted at 8:03 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            kalispelldude Posts: 220

            "Steel Fletcher said it was unnecessary.
            “I don’t think Cody needs 10 years to realize what he’s done.” he said."

            Are you kidding me??? He's lucky he got only 10 years. I'd cut off his twig and berries and suffocate him with them if I had caught him doing that to my kid. Steel Fletcher you should be ashamed of yourself..you know your son deserves MORE than 10 years, if he's guilty of something like this.

          • theirmom posted at 6:44 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            theirmom Posts: 25

            he deserves what he got and then some.

          • Dolphin posted at 6:21 am on Fri, Mar 4, 2011.

            Dolphin Posts: 123

            This poor little girl has a sentence for the rest of her life of remembering that disgusting pig touching her. I am so sick of hearing people say they shouldn't be punished because they are SORRY for their offense. I believe if a person is really sorry they WANT punishment because they truly realize they deserve it. I also believe that the punishment for sexually abusing a child deserves life somewhere away from all the rest of us.


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