Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:30 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Mar 20, 2012 8:55 AM
WHITEFISH- DNA evidence has led the Whitefish Police Department to arrest Timothy M. House, 27, and charge him with sexual intercourse without consent.
Police Chief Bill Dial says that the arrest came about as the result of a DNA "hit" by the Montana State Crime Lab.
House was a suspect in a summer 2007 sexual intercourse without consent, but Dial says in a news release that "there was insufficient evidence to arrest him."
(photo courtesy Whitefish Police Dept.)
House became a suspect in a sex crime in Conrad last year which resulted in a DNA sample being taken from House which was subsequently submitted to the Crime Lab and then entered into the National data base.
Whitefish detectives later secured a search warrant for a DNA sample from House which was submitted to the State Crime Lab for comparison and an arrest warrant was later issued for House's arrest.
Dial says House had recently returned to the Flathead Valley from Pondera County where he had been arrested for sexual intercourse without consent and unlawful restraint.
His release conditions, imposed by the court, was to submit to a breath test twice a day and when House reported for his breath test on Friday evening he was arrested.
Dial says House is also a suspect for similar charges in Flathead County and he's being held in the Flathead County jail on $100,000 bond.