Newspaper: Man given clemency in murder case faces new probe


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that a Montana man who was granted clemency by the governor after he spent three decades behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit is now under investigation on allegations that he asked a female to perform sex acts.

The newspaper says (http://bit.ly/28XoCWe) an investigative report obtained Friday through a public records request says a person told the Billings Police Department in January that Barry Beach picked up the female, whose age is not clear in the report, and drove her to his home, where he asked, “Can I touch you?”

The report says the female said no, and no again when Beach allegedly asked her if she wanted to touch him, the Chronicle reported.

The report says Beach then took her to a parking lot, where he asked if she liked performing a sex act. He eventually dropped the female off at a house. The person who complained to police said the female appeared scared.

The Chronicle says that Beach, 54, could not be reached for comment Friday. In an earlier conversation, before the Chronicle had received the police report, Beach told the newspaper he had no comment.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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