Trial in 1987 Billings rape case on hold as Montana Supreme Court considers statute of limitations

BILLINGS — The Montana Supreme Court is now reviewing whether charges against a man accused of raping a Billings girl in 1987 were filed outside the statute of limitations.
The trial for Ronald Tipton, 57, was set to begin in early December, but the case is now on hold as the high court weighs in.
Tipton was charged in 2015 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent for the 1987 rape of an 8-year-old girl.