Briggs pleads not guilty, fifth felony charge added


BOZEMAN, Mont. - A convicted sex offender who had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting and trying to rape his former girlfriend in Bozeman told a Gallatin County judge on Monday afternoon that he's not guilty of any of the crimes he's accused of.

This comes after Kevin Briggs was charged with fifth felony in the case -- failing to register as a sex offender during the three weeks between his escape from police and his Feb. 21 arrest in Portland, Ore.

Gallatin County prosecutors filed the felony charge against 28-year-old Kevin Anthony Briggs on Monday.

At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Briggs appeared in Judge Holly Brown's courtroom and pleaded not guilty to that charge and the four other felonies he faces -- including aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer and escape.

Bozeman police arrested Briggs early on Feb. 1 after his former girlfriend reported an assault. Prosecutors say he walked out of an unlocked interview room during a shift change.

Briggs was required to register his address after being convicted of kidnapping and raping his 14-year-old former girlfriend when he was 16.

County Attorney Marty Lambert has confirmed that he's received a request to prosecute several people who are suspected of helping Briggs during his escape.

Lambert said Bozeman Police filed requests for prosecution, but there's no details on if or when anyone will be charged.

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